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Defeated Jakarta governor jailed two years for blasphemy

Observers say this could distract President Widodo from his reform and investment drive, and set him to work on his re-election instead

Supporters of Basuki Purnama, better known as Ahok, protesting outside the Jakarta Cipinang prison on Tuesday. The shock decision to jail the Christian governor has stoked concerns over Indonesia's rising religious intolerance.


A YEAR ago, Jakarta's governor Basuki Purnama was riding high in the polls, a shoo-in for re-election and a close ally of his mentor President Joko Widodo.

Now, he is behind bars following a ruling that damages the country's record for religious tolerance, upends the...

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