Basuki Tjahaja Purnama

Jakarta’s first Christian governor has conceded defeat to a Muslim former government minister in a vote seen as a test of Indonesia’s secular identity.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama congratulated his rival after exit polls showed Anies Rasyid Baswedan clearly ahead.

Critics of Mr Purnama had accused him of blasphemy, heightening racial and religious tensions. Mr Baswedan was accused of courting hardliners.

The new mayor takes office in October. Official results come in May.

“We now will come together and forget this campaign. Jakarta is home for all of us,” Mr Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, said in a nationally televised news conference.

“We understand that our supporters are disappointed. But don’t dwell on it.”

Mr Baswedan hinted he would try to heal divisions, saying: “We celebrate diversity… We are all ready to work together again.”

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SOURCE: BBC News

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