Muslim Jakarta governor candidate ahead in election, early count shows

ByREUTERS
April 19, 2017 10:30

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JAKARTA  - Former Indonesian education minister, Anies Baswedan, was slightly ahead of Jakarta's incumbent Christian governor in the race to lead the Indonesian capital, unofficial early counting by a private pollster showed on Wednesday.

Baswedan had secured 51.93 percent of the votes, just ahead of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as "Ahok," on 48.07 percent, based on a quick sample count of around 5 percent of the vote by Indikator Politik.



A candidate needs a simple majority to win. The national elections commission will announce official results in early May.

The Jakarta poll has been overshadowed by religious tensions, with mass Islamist-led protests against Purnama, and is being widely seen as a proxy battle for the presidential election in 2019.

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