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Up In Arms in Jakarta - U.S. News & World Report

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The scene last week here in Indonesia's capital was surprisingly cordial. Officials for Nahdlatul Ulama, the country's largest Muslim organization, opened their doors and warmly greeted Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the capital ...and more »

Will Jakarta's new governor stand firm against hardline religious groups? - The Conversation AU

Voters in Indonesia's capital have chosen a former cabinet minister who sought the support of hardline Muslims opposing his contender – who is embroiled in a blasphemy case – as their new governor. Anies Baswedan, who ran in the Jakarta gubernatorial ...and more »

Jakarta election a turning point for Indonesia - Deutsche Welle

"I honestly didn't know who to vote for," said Ivana Lee, a 32-year-old teacher in Jakarta who didn't cast a ballot. "One candidate is supported by Islamists. The other pushes the poor out. So I stayed home." Lee has worked for years with Ciliwung ...and more »

The Fall of Ahok and Indonesia's Future - The Diplomat

In the end, it wasn't even close. The much anticipated second round election for Jakarta's governorship was a dud, with challenger Anies Baswedan easily outperforming pre-election polls and soundly defeating incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama by ...and more »

Jakarta governor election results in a victory for prejudice over pluralism - The Conversation AU

The long, divisive campaign for governorship of Indonesia's capital city Jakarta is finally over, with unofficial results showing a decisive victory for the challenger Anies Baswedan over the controversial incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama ...and more »

Will Islam swing nail-biter election for Jakarta's governor? - South China Morning Post

Millions of Jakarta voters thronged to voting booths across the Indonesian capital on Wednesday to choose a new governor in a knife-edge vote seen as a proxy battle for the 2019 presidential race and a litmus test for pluralism amid rising anti-Chinese ...and more »

Jakarta election challenger Anies accused of courting Islamic vote amid religious divide - The Guardian

It was in 2004, as a PhD student in political science at Northern Illinois University, that Anies Baswedan would ponder the future interplay between Islam and Indonesia. In his paper, “political Islam in Indonesia, present and future trajectory ...and more »

Does the Quran Forbid Electing Christians? - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. In early April, a huge demonstration gripped Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and one of the most populous Muslim cities in the world. Tens of thousands of white ...and more »

Jakarta Governor Concedes Defeat in Religiously Tinged Election - New York Times

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Christian governor of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, lost a bitterly contested race on Wednesday that was widely seen as a test of religious and ethnic tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Just ...and more »

Muslim candidate beats Christian in divisive Jakarta governor vote - The Guardian

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama concedes defeat to Anies Baswedan after campaign in which religious and ethnic tensions were key. Kate Lamb in Jakarta. Wed 19 Apr 2017 08.02 EDT Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 20.48 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on ...and more »