- April 19, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: International
Voters in the Indonesian capital Jakarta will elect a governor after a campaign which has heightened religious and racial tensions.
Opinion polls suggest incumbent Basuki Purnama, a Christian, is running neck-and-neck with Anies Baswedan, a Muslim.
Purnama won the first round in February with 43% of the vote, while Baswedan had 40%. Purnama is currently on trial on blasphemy charges.
He is accused of mocking a verse in the Koran. The verse had been used by his opponents in the world’s most-populous Muslim country to argue that Muslims should not vote for a non-Muslim leader.