Does Jakarta’s governor’s exit signal a rise in religious intolerance?

Does Jakarta's governor's exit signal a rise in religious intolerance?

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, nicknamed Ahok, former governor of Jakarta
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Spotlight on Asia takes us to Indonesia where Jakarta’s outgoing Christian governor was found guilty of blasphemy against Islam. Indonesian President Jokowi, a longtime ally of Ahok, has – wisely – avoided to making any comment on Ahok’s conviction.

For observers, this insulates Jokowi somewhat from accusations that he is protecting a blasphemer, a claim that radical organizations would surely have seized on, especially ahead of the 2019 presidential election.


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