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Uncertain outlook for Ahok - and his Jakarta legacy - with blasphemy charge

Dysfunction in Jakarta would jeopardise hard-fought reforms enacted not only by Mr Basuki but also by President Joko Widodo - from whom Ahok inherited the job when he was his deputy in 2014.


When about 100,000 people took to the streets of Jakarta earlier this month to protest what some religious conservatives say were comments by the city's governor intended to insult Islam, Makmur Djarat smelled trouble.

Mr Djarat, elected as a sort of neighbourhood chief...

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