Indonesia: Who is Ahok?
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Indonesia: Who is Ahok?

BASUKI “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is one of three candidates currently running in the controversy-riddled Jakarta gubernatorial race.

His competition include Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, son of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Anies Baswedan, both of whom are Muslim.

During a campaign rally last year, Ahok stated that he was aware that some Muslims would not vote for him because they thought doing so would be against the Quran. As a Christian, Ahok became the target of hard-line Islamist conservatives who accused him of insulting Muslims.

The controversy led to hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets of Jakarta in protest, and ultimately resulted in Ahok facing blasphemy charges for the comments.

Despite being charged in December 2016, and currently undergoing trial, Ahok continues to campaign in anticipation of the Feb 15 election.