Landslide in Jakarta poll

World | 20 Apr 2017

A former Indonesian education minister won the race for Jakarta governor yesterday after a polarizing campaign that cast a shadow over Indonesia's reputation for practicing a tolerant form of Islam.

Anies Baswedan won with 58 percent of the votes versus 42 percent for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his Chinese nickname as "Ahok," based on 100 percent of the votes in an unofficial "quick count."

Official results are expected in early May.

Baswedan's huge margin was surprising since opinion polls in the run- up to the election had pointed to a dead- heat.

REUTERS

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