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The Weekly Global Roundup: The Fall Of Governor Ahok (April 24 to 29, 2017)

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Fall Of Governor Ahok (April 24 to 29, 2017)

Outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Governor Ahok, lost a contentious gubernatorial election last week. His chances were adversely effected by a blasphemy scandal, and an Indonesian court will rule on this case on May 9, after the governor responded to “the prosecution’s recommendation of two years’ probation in lieu of a suspended jail term”. Pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting found that even though 76 per cent of respondents were satisfied with his performance, 50 per cent said they would not vote for him, and while Governor Ahok’s brash approach and controversial policies could be to blame, there are also broader questions about “the country’s endemic electoral fight between pluralistic democracy and political Islam”. Continue reading

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