Jakarta governor sworn in amid calls from hardliners for “Islamic lifestyle”

Source: Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in a former education minister as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.

Anies Baswedan was inaugurated as Indonesia’s reputation for religious tolerance comes under scrutiny due to the rising clout of Islamists in a nation with large Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities.

Baswedan faced criticism after winning April’s vote with the support of Islamist groups who had agitated for months against his opponent and former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – an ethnic Chinese Christian – whom they accused of blasphemy against Islam.

“We will ensure that the governor of Jakarta will be the governor of us all, of those who voted for us and those who didn‘t,” Baswedan told reporters, wearing a crisp white uniform after a ceremony in the Dutch colonial-style state palace.

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