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            [post_content] => Jakarta. More than 500 visitors congregated on the terrace outside City Hall in Central Jakarta on Wednesday morning (26/04) to meet with incumbent Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, whose term in office ends in October.

The influx of well-wishers has caused confusion at City Hall, as officials were unprepared for the sheer number of people, who started arriving at 5 a.m. They flocked together to take photos and shake Ahok's hand upon his arrival.

The courtyard has also been filled with flower boards, which started arriving on Monday.

Senior city hall official Muhammad Mawardi said the arrival of so many visitors has caught them off guard.

"I did not see it coming. Usually there are not as many [visitors]. We eventually put out chairs for the photo shoots," Mawardi said.

He added that Ahok did not ask the people to come, but that they did so spontaneously, to express their appreciation for the governor, who lost the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election last week.

However, he anticipates more visitors until the end of Ahok's term.

"We anticipate seeing many more residents coming to support Mr. Basuki. If it will be this many, we will manage them," Mawardi said.

Among the supporters was 57-year-old Hermina Samosir, who admitted to having traveled all the way from Medan, North Sumatra, just to meet Ahok.

"I did not expect this many people. I just wanted to meet Mr. Basuki. I couldn't take any pictures [with him], and I have to go home to Medan tomorrow," she said.

Hermina said she idolizes the governor for his good performance in office. She lived in Jakarta for 25 years before moving to Medan in 2006.

"I just recently visited Jakarta again and I saw that everything is clean and tidy. […] I am pleased that since Ahok became governor, all parts of the city improved. I saw his [good] performance," she said before leaving City Hall.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel and Facebook Live to find out more about the support for Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
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            [post_content] => Jakarta.  Hundreds of colorful flower boards for outgoing Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat filled Jakarta's City Hall on Tuesday morning (25/04), sent by the city's residents to say thanks and farewell to their beloved leaders.

Many of the flower boards were accompanied with melancholic, Hallmark card-like messages for the governor, which quickly did the round on social media.

Read the story here.

[caption id="attachment_657168" align="aligncenter" width="642"]"Dear Ahok and Djarot, so many people tell me to forget about you, but I'll go to the urban ward office and get me a letter of exception." (Photo posted on Indonesian social media) "Dear Ahok and Djarot, so many people tell me to forget about you, but I'll go to the urban ward office and get me a letter of exception." (Photo posted on Indonesian social media)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_657158" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Flower boards line the entrance of Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday (25/04). (Photo posted on Indonesian social media) Flower boards line the entrance of Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday (25/04). (Photo posted on Indonesian social media)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_657156" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Motorists pass hundreds of flower boards sent by Ahok's supporters outside Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday (25/04). (Photo posted on Indonesian social media) Motorists pass hundreds of flower boards sent by Ahok's supporters outside Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday (25/04). (Photo posted on Indonesian social media)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_657153" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]"A thousand flowers bloom after your loss. Thank you, Ahok!" (Photo posted on Indonesian social media) "A thousand flowers bloom after your loss. Thank you, Ahok!" (Photo posted on Indonesian social media)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_657154" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]"Oh God, I love Basuki, I love Tjahaja, I miss Purnama, I want Badja [abbreviation of Basuki-Djarot, the nickname for Ahok's supporters during the election]." (Photo posted on Indonesian social media) "Oh God, I love Basuki, I love Tjahaja, I miss Purnama, I want Badja [abbreviation of Basuki-Djarot, the nickname for Ahok's supporters during the election]." (Photo posted on Indonesian social media)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_657170" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Flower boards fill the front yard of Jakarta's City Hall on Tuesday (25/04). (Photo posted on Indonesian social media) Flower boards fill the front yard of Jakarta's City Hall on Tuesday (25/04). (Photo posted on Indonesian social media)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_657174" align="aligncenter" width="768"]"In my heart I still can't move on from Ahok and Djarot. Signed, Heartbroken." (Photo posted on Indonesian social media) "In my heart I still can't move on from Ahok and Djarot. Signed, Heartbroken." (Photo posted on Indonesian social media)[/caption]

 

 

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Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has assured the national economy will not be affected by the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election, indicating he believes the current positive trend overall would continue regardless of whom wins.

[post_title] => Election Result Won't Effect Economy: Darmin Nasution [post_excerpt] => Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has assured the national economy will not be affected by the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election, indicating he believes the current positive trend overall would continue regardless of whom wins. 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Anies's rival, incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, throughout the campaign was subject to attacks pertaining to his minority status as an ethnic Chinese and Christian. The campaign made many wonder whether Indonesia will be able to uphold the promise behind its national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity). [post_title] => Peace Is a Requisite for Progress and Prosperity: VP Kalla [post_excerpt] => Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday (23/04) that peace is a requisite for a progressive and prosperous nation. 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The latter ran a doomed campaign in the Muslim-majority capital while facing false blasphemy allegations, despite having scored high approval ratings of his performance in office. "There are many questions about the impact and result of the dramatic election on investment," Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Thomas Lembong said on Thursday (20/04). "I think [the impact on investment] will be positive, because the election took place in an orderly and peaceful manner," he said on the sidelines of The Economist Events' Indonesia Summit in Jakarta, where policy makers, investors, regulators, academics and business leaders gathered to get an update on economic conditions in the country. Talks at the summit were dominated by the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, which took place just a day before the event. Prominent business leaders at the summit also expressed optimism in the new leaders' ability to govern Jakarta, where about a sixth of Indonesia's economic output was generated last year. "The most important thing for the business sector is stability and the fact that yesterday's election ran smoothly is very important," Lippo Group director John Riady said. However, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, deputy chairwoman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), said some foreign investors are concerned about the way sectarian issues played out during the election campaign period. "They are worried that what happened in Jakarta can be replicated elsewhere and that [the use of issues related to] race and religion can win the election," she said. Shinta said investors also have many factors to consider that are not related to Wednesday's election and its aftermath, before investing large amounts of money in Indonesia. The BKPM has set a foreign and local investment target of Rp 679 trillion ($51 billion) for this year and Rp 860 trillion for next year. Last year, the agency reported that the total value of foreign investment that came into the country amounted to Rp 397 trillion, which was 8.4 percent higher compared with a year earlier. This also exceeded the target of Rp 386 trillion. [post_title] => Investors to Take Confidence From Peaceful Jakarta Election [post_excerpt] => Investors should look beyond the divisive and religiously charged Jakarta election campaigns and take confidence from a peaceful voting day as a sign of the country stability, official and business leaders said. 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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="926"]Anies Baswedan received high-profile backing in his successful campaign to be Jakarta's next governor. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Anies Baswedan received high-profile backing in his successful campaign to be Jakarta's next governor. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)[/caption]
Voters in Jakarta have chosen a former cabinet minister who sought the support of hardline Muslims opposing his contender – who is embroiled in a blasphemy case  as their new governor. Anies Baswedan, who ran in the Jakarta gubernatorial race after being dismissed from his position as education minister last July, won Wednesday's (19/04) second round of voting. He received 58 percent of votes, according to a quick count of votes by several polling organizations. Anies' candidacy was backed mainly by the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) party chairman Prabowo Subianto and an Islamist party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). In addition, the Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo), the party of Donald Trump's business partner in Indonesia, Harry Tanoesudibyo, supported Anies's candidacy in the runoff election. Incumbent Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaya Purnama, has conceded defeat. Anies's Political Compromise Anies won the race after seeking the support of Islamist groups that had mobilized enormous rallies demanding Ahok's imprisonment for allegedly insulting Islam. This is worrying. Anies, who was rector of Paramadina University which was founded by the late pre-eminent moderate Islamic scholar Nurcholis Madjid, had for a long time represented moderate and tolerant Islam. However, as a challenger to an incumbent with a high approval rating, it was difficult for Anies to exploit policy issues per se. So, in his pursuit of the coveted Jakarta governor position, he approached Islamic militia groups such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), which is notorious for its hardline stance and violent attacks against minorities. This raises questions about whether Anies can keep his distance from the radical Islamic groups as leader of Indonesia's capital – and whether he would ensure that religious minorities, such as Syiah and Ahmadiyya communities and survivors of the violent 1965 anti-communist purges  groups that are often targets of attacks by hardline Islamic militias  will be protected. It has been common in Indonesia for the state to fail to act against religious intolerance and violence. Some local governments even support intolerant acts carried out by hardline Islamic groups. Having received the support from these groups, it may be difficult for Anies to act firmly against them. These groups want the implementation of Sharia law in Indonesia. They also often play the role as morality police by carrying out attacks and raids against, among other places, nightclubs  especially during the Islamic fasting month. Emotion Rules Voters The Jakarta election shows ethno-religious sentiment is a powerful instrument to mobilize voters in Jakarta. Islamists, as in some other Muslim countries, are skillful in exploiting religious sentiments to pursue their agenda. It seems, though it needs to be further examined by available empirical data, part of the Jakarta electorate chose its leader based on emotion, rather than rationality. According to opinion polls, more than 70 percent of the Jakarta public were satisfied with Ahok's performance as governor. Rational voters would choose a candidate based on his policies and campaign promises. Yet Ahok's favorability one week prior to the election was 46.9 percent and had never been beyond 48 percent since October 2016. Some 90 percent of the nearly 7 million voters in Jakarta are Muslim. Ahok's double minority identities, Christian and Chinese-Indonesian, made it difficult for him to secure a majority of votes, especially after massive religious-based mobilizations against him.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="754"]Ousted Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaya Purnama. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) Ousted Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaya Purnama. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)[/caption]
Emotion then seemed to influence most voters to choose the winning candidate. Islamic groups that opposed Ahok used his criticism of his opponents for using a verse in the Koran to move people who might view Ahok as a successful leader against him. The Islamic groups stirred voters' emotions not only through mobilizing large rallies against Ahok, but also through repeated religious sermons. This seemed to have succeeded in influencing voters. Voters may have considered Ahok as a successful governor. But through these mobilizations, they became doubtful — or even felt averse — to Ahok. Has Islam in Indonesia Failed a 'Litmus Test'? The Jakarta gubernatorial election had been considered as a "litmus test" for Indonesian democracy. Muslim democrats in Jakarta, unfortunately, failed the test at this election. It seems Indonesia is still some way off seeing a Chinese governor elected in a Muslim-majority province – or as the country’s president. The threat of rising intolerance in Indonesia is disheartening. But cooperation with hardline Islamic groups to win an election is even more worrying amid Indonesians' efforts to build a healthy and mature democracy.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="754"]Anies Baswedan sought the support of Islamist groups that had mobilized enormous rallies demanding Ahok's imprisonment. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) Anies Baswedan sought the support of Islamist groups that had mobilized enormous rallies demanding Ahok's imprisonment. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)[/caption]
The success of the Islamist groups’ strategy in stirring voters' emotions, and lifting the candidate they supported to victory, will likely be a precedent for elections in other regions in Indonesia. If this happens, it will be difficult for Indonesia's democracy to mature. Hardline religious groups would gain ground. Indonesia will have to deal with more serious problems in managing intolerant religious groups that find allies in politicians with electoral goals in mind. FNU Testriono is a researcher at the Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) at Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. His views are his own. The Conversation <script type="text/javascript" src="https://theconversation.com/javascripts/lib/content_tracker_hook.js" id="theconversation_tracker_hook" data-counter="https://counter.theconversation.edu.au/content/76433/count?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" async="async"></script>
[post_title] => Commentary: Will Jakarta’s New Governor Stand Firm Against Hardline Religious Groups? [post_excerpt] => Voters in Jakarta have chosen a former cabinet minister who sought the support of hardline Muslims opposing his contender – who is embroiled in a blasphemy case – as their new governor. [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://jakartaglobe.id/?p=656025 [post_type] => post [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-21 13:33:23 [post_date] => 2017-04-21 20:33:23 [post_name] => commentary-will-jakartas-new-governor-stand-firm-hardline-religious-groups [author] => FNU Testriono [author_permalink] => /author/fnu-testriono/ [category] => Array ( [0] => stdClass Object ( [term_id] => 217 [name] => Commentary [slug] => commentary [parent] => 216 [term_taxonomy_id] => 240 [permalink] => opinion/commentary ) ) [permalink] => /commentary/commentary-will-jakartas-new-governor-stand-firm-hardline-religious-groups/ [meta] => stdClass Object ( [_edit_lock] => 1493112089:249 [_edit_last] => 249 [post_type_override] => FA [author] => FNU Testriono [post_writter_override] => -1 [post_source_override] => 249 [news_type] => National [news_source] => OTHERS [jg_post_template] => 2col [featured] => false [_yoast_wpseo_focuskw] => Jakarta [_yoast_wpseo_metadesc] => Voters in Jakarta have chosen a former cabinet minister who sought the support of hardline Muslims opposing his contender as their new governor. [_yoast_wpseo_linkdex] => 80 [_thumbnail_id] => 655115 [dsq_thread_id] => 5746731820 [jglobeShrinker] => http://jglo.be/jNzu ) [user_author] => Mika Talreja [author_by_line] => FNU Testriono [attachment] => stdClass Object ( [width] => 3000 [height] => 2003 [file] => http://img.thejakartaglobe.com/2017/04/antarafoto-konpers-anies-sandi-190417-dk-3.jpg [sizes] => stdClass Object ( [thumbnail] => stdClass Object ( [file] => antarafoto-konpers-anies-sandi-190417-dk-3-150x150.jpg [width] => 150 [height] => 150 [mime-type] => image/jpeg ) [medium] => stdClass Object ( [file] => antarafoto-konpers-anies-sandi-190417-dk-3-300x200.jpg [width] => 300 [height] => 200 [mime-type] => image/jpeg ) [large] => stdClass Object ( [file] => antarafoto-konpers-anies-sandi-190417-dk-3-1024x683.jpg [width] => 1024 [height] => 683 [mime-type] => image/jpeg ) ) [image_meta] => stdClass Object ( [aperture] => 4 [credit] => ANTARA FOTO [camera] => NIKON D750 [caption] => Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno after receiving most of the votes in the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04). (Antara Photo/Dedi Wijaya) [created_timestamp] => 1492616626 [copyright] => ANTARA FOTO [focal_length] => 46 [iso] => 2000 [shutter_speed] => 0.008 [title] => Pasangan calon Gubernur dan Wagub DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan (kanan) dan Sandiaga Uno (kiri) berjabat tangan usai memberikan keterangan pers menanggapi hasil hitung cepat Pilkada DKI Jakarta putaran kedua di Jakarta, Rabu (19/4). ) [post_id] => 655115 ) ) [7] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 655978 [post_author] => 279 [post_content] => Jakarta. After receiving most of the votes in the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04), Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno have reiterated that they intend to reconcile with their rivals, set up a transitional team and will strive to unify Jakarta residents after the much-divided election. Anies and running mate Sandiaga declared victory after quick count results by multiple pollsters. 

Following his postelection victory, Sandiaga said in Jakarta on Thursday that he urges all residents to reunite after they were divided into factions during the gubernatorial election.

"No more prejudice, insinuations and mockery. Let us [put aside] the differences and unite for a better Jakarta," Sandiaga said. The deputy governor-elect said he would focus on reconciling with Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Deputy Governor Djarot Syaiful Hidayat. "We will work hard to fulfill the promises in our campaigns to Jakarta's residents and one of the starting points is to establish a transitional team with [the sitting] administration," he said. Anies and Sandiaga also said that existing programs will continue, especially the programs that have proved beneficial to the community. "Our goal is to serve the public well, without any discrimination. Civil servants who have performed well will continue to have a job, while those who deviate from our vision to serve the public's [best interests] will be cut off," Sandiaga said. "We are thankful for [Ahok] and Djarot who have paved the way for us to continue to effectively govern," he said.

On Wednesday, at Rumah Kertanegara in South Jakarta, shortly after declaring their victory, Anies said that it was a milestone for him and Sandiaga to set off on a new journey to return justice to Jakartans.

"For us, our journey is just starting. What we have achieved is not only a victory in the election, but a victory to bring back justice to the capital city," Anies said. Anies promised that his administration will remain focused on resolving social justice issues. "Jakarta is the most diverse city in Indonesia, and we are committed to taking care of it, as well as fighting for unity in this city. We want to celebrate unity and diversity at the same time," Anies said. [post_title] => Anies-Sandi to Reconcile With Rivals, Set Up Transitional Team, Unify Jakarta [post_excerpt] => After receiving most of the votes in the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04), Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno have reiterated that they intend to reconcile with their rivals, set up a transitional team and will strive to unify Jakarta residents after the much-divided election. 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Anies, who won the gubernatorial race, based on quick counts from pollsters came to meet Ahok to discuss the city administration's work program. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.) [created_timestamp] => 1492674495 [copyright] => ANTARA FOTO [focal_length] => 26 [iso] => 250 [shutter_speed] => 0.004 [title] => Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama atau Ahok (kanan) berjabat tangan dengan calon Gubernur DKI Anies Baswedan (kiri) sebelum melakukan pertemuan di Balai Kota, Jakarta, Kamis (20/4). ) [post_id] => 656087 ) ) [8] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 655837 [post_author] => 199 [post_content] => Jakarta. Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's defeat at the hands of rival candidate Anies Baswedan in Wednesday's (19/04) runoff election raised alarms among many observers that the country's young democracy still has a long way to go in combating religious and ethnic discrimination. However, the capital was calm in the evening after the nail-biting election, defusing fears among some residents that mass gatherings or rallies would consume city streets during and in the wake of Wednesday's vote. Investors seemed relieved as well, as the country's benchmark stock index dropped only slightly on Thursday, with businessmen observing that risks or uncertainties in Indonesian markets were largely dispelled due to the peaceful election turnout. Indeed, more relief came the day following the vote, as state prosecutors pushed for reduced charges in a blasphemy case against Jakarta's first ethnic Chinese and Christian leader in the post-Suharto era. However, rhetoric and methods used by politicians in defeating Ahok have nevertheless raised concerns among local and foreign political observers concerned about the future for democracy in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Stigma [caption id="attachment_655841" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Three mass rallies against Ahok were led by hardline Muslim groups in the campaign period before Wednesday's (19/04) vote, threatening to erode the country's longstanding tradition of practicing a moderate form of Islam. (Reuters/Beawiharta) Three mass rallies against Ahok were led by hardline Muslim groups in the campaign period before Wednesday's (19/04) vote, threatening to erode the country's longstanding tradition of practicing a moderate form of Islam. (Reuters/Beawiharta)[/caption] Poet and senior journalist Goenawan Mohamad wrote a comment on his official Facebook account analyzing what the defeat of Ahok  an outspoken governor who often drew ire from his political opponents  could mean for the path ahead. "Ahok has lost; this has now been settled by the 2017 regional election. All that noise surrounding it will soon become history. Many are relieved — either because Anies has won, or because the campaign, poisoned with hate that shattered many friendships, has finally passed," said the former editor-in-chief of investigative magazine Tempo. "But I hope one thing will not be forgotten. Ahok has entered the arena bound in fetters and labeled as 'a blasphemer.' He can move and talk, but he is not entirely free. His achievements as the region’s head, which have been acknowledged by many and made him unparalleled, are now almost no longer seen or heard of." "The use of the label against Ahok is probably the most successful stigmatization technique in the history of Indonesian politics. A stigma derived from slander. He did not insult Islam, but the charge had been continuously repeated. If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes 'the truth,' the Nazi's propaganda chief used to say. We hear it at mosques, in social media, in everyday conversations; the allegation has been turned into a conviction," Goenawan said. "Now Ahok is tried by the court, charged under the anti-blasphemy law that was produced by the New Order regime — a law with unclear provisions, unclear even on who has the right to represent the religion that had been insulted. As a result of it, Ahok has been treated unjustly in three ways: through slander, by being presumed guilty before the court’s verdict and by being tried under a dubious law." "It is hypocritical to pretend to recognize this injustice while cheering his immutable political defeat. Ahok has lost, he may even be sentenced in a court process informed by mass pressure. The truth may also lose — as it is wont to do in this 'post-truth' era," Goenawan said. Identity politics Concerns over the future of democracy in the Southeast Asian country were shared by foreign observers as well. Reuters reported on Thursday that international rating agency Fitch said in a statement previous religious tensions during the Jakarta gubernatorial election could resurface in the run-up to the country's next presidential race in 2019. "The early results of the tense Jakarta elections seem to suggest that religious factors could play an increasingly significant role in future Indonesian elections," the statement said, as cited by Reuters. Three mass rallies against Ahok were led by hardline Muslim groups in the campaign period before Wednesday's vote, threatening to erode the country's longstanding tradition of practicing a moderate form of Islam. However, the rating agency still acknowledged Indonesia's recent progress, explaining that the country has made "substantial" strides in improving good governance over the past two decades. The country's democratic electoral processes, the statement said, are still intact. Still, experts and academics around the world say that religious and ethnic discrimination should be expected to play a greater role in future elections if the government and high-ranking Muslim figures do not take significant steps to promote tolerance. [caption id="attachment_623603" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) demonstrate in front of the National Police headquarters in Jakarta in January. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir) Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) demonstrate in front of the National Police headquarters in Jakarta in January. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)[/caption] "Going forward, the politics of religion is going to be a potent force," Keith Loveard, an analyst at Jakarta-based Concord Consulting and an author of books about Indonesian politics, told Reuters in a report on Wednesday. According to Loveard, some residents may have been reluctant to vote for Ahok due to worries of "five more years of protests on the streets by Muslim hardliners." Muhammad Najib Azca, a professor of social and political sciences at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, viewed religious and ethnic intolerance as a driving factor in the election's outcome. "What happened in Jakarta was an anomaly. Ahok and Djarot were unable to translate their high approval rating [...] into real political support," Najib told the Jakarta Globe in a phone interview on Wednesday evening. "There were variables beyond public approval ratings, including strong undertones of religious-based identity politics," he added. Najib argued that identity politics has become a main force in driving public opinion, even in the face of successful governance programs directed by Ahok. "This intervening variable has affected voters through a very sophisticated and elaborate political process." [caption id="attachment_561767" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Children seen resting at a recently developed park meant to provide respite from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta's unrelenting traffic. Ahok's administration plans to approve similar projects before the governor's term ends in October. (Antara Photo/Hafiz Mubarak A.) Children seen resting at a recently developed park meant to provide respite from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta's unrelenting traffic. Ahok's administration plans to approve similar projects before the governor's term ends in October. (Antara Photo/Hafiz Mubarak A.)[/caption] Ian Wilson, a lecturer in politics and security studies and a Research Fellow at Murdoch University’s Asia Research Center, said – in an article published by newmandala.org – Wednesday's results will most likely have a lasting impact on national politics for years to come. "Judging from national and international headlines, Jakarta’s gubernatorial election on April 19 represents not just a major turning point for the nation’s capital and city of 12 million, but potentially for the entire country," he wrote. "The alarmist tone is largely due to the unsettling direction campaigning has taken over the past eight months, that has seen any possible substantive policy debates over how to best tackle Jakarta’s complex infrastructural, economic and social problems subsumed by sectarian identity politics." Economic inequality Wilson, whose research touches on the political economy of gangs, organized crime and violence in Indonesia, went on to say that: "While the campaigns present, at one level of analysis, a stark contrast between ‘diversity’ on the one hand and sectarian populism on the other, a shared point of commonality is the respective silence regarding a significant shaping force in Jakarta, and arguably the election: rising levels of economic inequality." He pointed to data from the country's Bureau of Statistics  which shows a steady increase in levels of economic inequality in Jakarta  that reflects a broader trend that has been sweeping the nation over the past decade. "The country’s much-heralded economic growth has been marked by growing concentrations of that wealth in the hands of a few, and a stagnation if not deterioration in the standard of living of a vast majority of Indonesians," he said. Wilson also pointed to a 2017 Oxfam report on the widening wealth gap in Indonesia, in which "inequality has been driven by a combination of ‘market fundamentalism,’ high concentrations of land ownership," and the fact that Indonesia registered the second lowest rate of tax collection in Southeast Asia. [caption id="attachment_618988" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]A photo showing the residences along Ciliwung riverbank at Kampung Pulo area in East Jakarta on Tuesday (03/01). The Jakarta provincial government and the central government will spend at least Rp 5 trillion ($371 million) on relocating 10,000 local residents who live along the riverbank. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir) A photo taken Jan. 1 showed the residences along Ciliwung riverbank at Kampung Pulo area in East Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)[/caption] "The poor and precarious bear the most drastic and damaging impacts of economic inequality, though in a densely populated megacity like Jakarta, it is felt by all social and economic classes — albeit in often vastly different ways and with a range of social and political consequences," he said. Wilson continued, "For Jakarta’s upper middle classes the desire for security, lifestyle and convenience — together with the push by developers for profitable all-inclusive developments — has meant increasingly self-imposed spatial separation from other social and economic groups within gated estates, apartments towers, shopping malls and private vehicles." "Once a city of economically mixed neighborhoods, large parts of the city are spatially divided by class and ethnicity. This can be seen in the city’s north, where remaining kampung sit in uneasy tension alongside luxury apartments and gated communities," Wilson said. Old political and business elites emerge For President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Wednesday's outcome poses a new challenge of rising Islamism and the renewed influence of Indonesia’s old political and business elites in the public sphere, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday. Many old guard figures have shown support for Anies during the election campaign, including moguls Aburizal Bakrie, Hashim Djojohadikusumo and Hary Tanoesoedibjo and retired general and failed 2014 presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto. All were prominent businessmen or military officers linked to the three-decade authoritarian regime of Suharto before his ouster in 1998. [caption id="attachment_656128" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]The founder of Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Prabowo Subianto, second from left, announced the victory of Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga uno pair in Jakarta's gubernatorial race on Wednesday (19/04), based on quick counts from pollsters. Also celebrating the victory, the President of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), second from right, the chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Zulkifli Hasan, right, businessman Aburizal Bakrie, third from right, who is also the chairman of the advisory board of Golkar party. Media mogul Hary Tanoesoedibjo also appears during the declaration. (Antara Photo/Dedi Wijaya) Many old guard figures have shown support for Anies-Sandy during the election campaign, including moguls Aburizal Bakrie, Hashim Djojohadikusumo and Hary Tanoesoedibjo and retired general Prabowo Subianto. (Antara Photo/Dedi Wijaya)[/caption] Reconciliation While Jakarta remains hampered by a dizzying array of social and political hurdles, scholar Komaruddin Hidayat, dean of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Banten, Jakarta, called on city residents to eliminate any racial, religious or ethnic intolerance. "We should eliminate the notion of majority and minority, and the government should establish a way to bridge any gaps through the improvement of people’s welfare," Komaruddin told the Jakarta Globe in a phone interview. Komaruddin, a widely known liberal Muslim scholar and author of several books on religious diversity, said minority groups in Indonesia have existed long before the country achieved independence in 1945-48 and have worked hard to personify the ideals of the state ideology, Pancasila. "Therefore, they should be granted equality in our society and government," he said. Indeed, Ahok is not the first Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta. From 1964-65, Hendrik Hermanus Joel Ngantung, known as Henk Ngatung, served as the capital's chief executive and was instrumental in installing artistic statues and monuments throughout the city as befitted his status as one of the country's leading painters at that time. Various reports show that ethnic Chinese, who currently comprise about 15 percent of the country's population, have historically fought alongside local freedom fighters, known as pribumi, against the Dutch  Indonesia's colonial masters – and the Japanese. Sadly, their participation in building modern Indonesia has been expunged from the country's historical consciousness. With additional reporting by Reuters   Save [post_title] => Ahok's Defeat Signifies Tough Road Ahead for Democratic and Tolerant Future [post_excerpt] => Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama's defeat at the hands of rival candidate Anies Baswedan in Wednesday's (19/04) run-off election raised alarms among many observers that the country's young democracy still has a ways to go in combating religious and ethnic discrimination. 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