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A quick update.

A summary of what happened can be read here, with Muslim candidate Anies Basweden streaking ahead almost from the moment polls opened. That sudden shift is captured in the graphic here. What his win means for Indonesia in the longer term is still unclear however given Indonesia’s highly fluid political envirnoment.

So what’s next? Probably the next “big” moment will be the imminent outcome of the blasphemy trial of Anies Basweden’s opponent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – commonly referred to as Ahok, who is Chinese Christian (the emphasis that both are significant elements of his perceived political identity).

In no way will the trial provide closure to the issue however. As the very apt title of the article here phrases it, Ahok’s absurd trial won’t satisfy anybody.

And the caravan moves on.

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