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Jakarta governor poll shows religion taking precedence over social issues, observers say

Fears grow over the Islamization of Indonesian democracy

Anies' supporters celebrate his poll victory over Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at his election HQ in Menteng, Jakarta on April 19. (ucanews.com photo)

Ryan Dagur and Konradus Epa, Jakarta
Indonesia

April 21, 2017

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Sofie Kartini, chose to vote for Muslim candidate Anies Rasyid Baswedan in Jakarta's highly-charged governor election on April 19. 

Baswedan's rival, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — commonly known as Ahok — is Christian and of Chinese descent, so it was easy for her to decide.

"The Quran obligates me to choose a Muslim," she told ucanews.com at a Jakarta polling station. 

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