Jakarta's Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purname, also known as Ahok, arrives for his court hearing in Jakarta on April 20, 2017, a day after losing Jakarta’s governorship elections to Anies Baswedan. The first Christian to govern the capital in more than 50 years, Purnama is on trial accused of blasphemy over remarks he made about the Koran. Photo: AFP

Jakarta vote winner must repair damage

Anies Baswedan shamelessly used Islam to claim the governorship of Indonesia’s capital from the incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian. In doing so, Indonesia’s reputation for religious tolerance and pluralism has suffered

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Jakarta's Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purname, also known as Ahok, arrives for his court hearing in Jakarta on April 20, 2017, a day after losing Jakarta’s governorship elections to Anies Baswedan. The first Christian to govern the capital in more than 50 years, Purnama is on trial accused of blasphemy over remarks he made about the Koran. Photo: AFP
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