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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 »

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 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 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 »

Conservative Islam Has Scored a Disquieting Victory in Indonesia's Normally Secular Politics - TIME

On Wednesday evening, hours after early counting revealed his electoral victory, the new governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, celebrated his victory at Istiqlal, the Indonesian capital's biggest mosque. He was welcomed by Rizieq Shihab, the leader of ...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 »

Does the Quran Forbid Electing Christians? - The Atlantic

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-robed protesters turned out to the center of the city, calling for the impeachment of ...and more »

Jakarta governor likely to be spared jail if found guilty of insulting Islam - The Guardian

Indonesian prosecutors call for two years' probation for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, instead of maximum five-year prison term. Kate Lamb in Jakarta. Thu 20 Apr 2017 03.39 EDT Last modified on Fri 21 Apr 2017 04.34 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...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 »

Tycoon Looks to Oust Jokowi's Key Ally in Jakarta in Test Run for 2019 - Bloomberg

Indonesian tycoon Sandiaga Uno will find out on Wednesday if his bid to take down a key ally of President Joko Widodo proved successful. Uno's quest started in 2015, when the investor received the blessing of former general Prabowo Subianto to run a ...and more »