Christian to Be Sworn in as Jakarta Governor Despite Muslim Protests

Jakarta(Reuters) – Jakarta’s first Christian governor in nearly 50 years is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday, despite protests from religious hardliners opposing a non-Muslim taking over one of Indonesia’s most powerful political jobs.

President Joko Widodo will take part in the swearing-in of Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname “Ahok”, the presidential palace said.

Ahok has been serving as acting governor since Widodo stepped aside last month to become president.

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