April 19, 2017 / 9:04 AM / in 3 months

Muslim candidate leading in Jakarta poll pledges to safeguard unity

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Candidate Anies Baswedan casts his vote in the Jakarta governor election in South Jakarta, Indonesia April 19, 2017.Beawiharta

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former Indonesian education minister, Anies Baswedan, who is well ahead in unofficial counts in Jakarta's election, pledged to safeguard diversity and unity after a bitterly fought campaign to lead the capital of the Muslim majority nation.

"Our focus is social justice, ending inequality and our commitment is to safeguard diversity and unity," Baswedan told a news conference.

He said he would be in touch with his rival and the incumbent Christian and ethnic Chinese governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Bill Tarrant

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