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Apr 20, 2017

Jakarta elections mark Indonesia’s increasingly conservative turn

The campaign against "Ahok" based on sectarian arguments shows that Indonesia is moving in a more conservative Muslim direction.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama

The overwhelming defeat of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta’s governor has marked the most divisive and religiously focused major election in Indonesia’s post-Suharto period. The election was marked by sectarian protests and has resulted in a strong win by former education and culture minister Anies Baswedan.

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5 thoughts on “Jakarta elections mark Indonesia’s increasingly conservative turn

  1. Jimbo

    We now see how Islam uses the freedoms associated with democracy to shut democracy down. Ban anyone who is not Muslim by forbidding Muslims from voting for them. From that point on they do what they like.

  2. Dion Giles

    Indonesia is our enemy and has always been our enemy. So is the Moslem cult as it has shown yet again in Indonesia. Openness to closedness is a one way open door to closedness which inevitably prevails when we help keep it open. It is fitting that Mr Turnbull is re-stating Australian values much as this seems by upset appeasers, not that Australian values are unique as they derive from the European Enlightenment and are enriched by the values of indigenous Australians.

  3. Raaraa

    The contest in Jakarta had the voters fooled. It may look like Muslims vs Christians, but in the end, it was the political elite backing an establishment ex-minister against a governor who happened to be Christian, taking advantage of a situation taken seriously out of context.

    1. Jimbo

      Were the angry Muslim street rioters getting something out of context when they demanded the Chinese Christian be tried for blasphemy? Muslims cannot vote for a non-Muslim according to the Koran.

      1. Matt Hardin

        There’s an al-Jazeera article linked from the Crikey worm that goes into this as a front for a military coup. Not about Islam but about the generals. FDI is apparently a front for the generals.

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