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Backgrounder: Jakarta elections, wooing Muslim voters

  • Tenggara Strategics


Jakarta   /   Tue, April 18, 2017   /  02:47 pm
Backgrounder: Jakarta elections, wooing Muslim voters A show of tolerance: Jakarta governor Basuki (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

April 15 was the last day of campaigning for both candidates, the incumbent governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his competitor Anies Baswedan. As the campaign ends and the final vote looms, tensions remain poised to flair between the two camps. The visceral rejection of Djarot Saiful Hidayat, Ahok’s running mate, during his visit to a mosque in Tebet for the congregational Friday prayer is one, conspicuous, example. Djarot was previously scorned during a visit to At-Tin Mosque last month to commemorate the Supersemar (a letter from President Sukarno dated March 11, 1966 instructing Army commander Lt. Gen. Soeharto to restore order following the September 1965 coup attempt), despite being formally invited to attend the event by the family of former president Suharto. The two events demonstrate the defining role played by religion in Jakarta’s election ...

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