Religion, power and politics in Indonesia

Source: BBC

A former minister has won the race for Jakarta governor after a divisive campaign that has tested Indonesia’s multi-faith society. As BBC Indonesian’s Rebecca Henschke in Jakarta reports, it’s being viewed as a win for sectarian politics.

Although official results are not out until May, early counts were enough for Anies Baswedan, a Muslim, to give a victory speech as Jakarta’s governor-elect.

He then headed to the largest mosque in Indonesia to pray alongside the leader of the controversial vigilante group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI).

His opponent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known widely as Ahok, and a Christian of Chinese descent, is back in court today to face trial for blasphemy.

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