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Muslim candidate leading in Jakarta poll pledges to safeguard unity
April 19, 2017 / 9:04 AM / 8 months ago

Muslim candidate leading in Jakarta poll pledges to safeguard unity

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.

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

“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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