Jakarta governor Ahok investigated over alleged Islam insult as elections loom

By Jewel Topsfield
Updated October 19 2016 - 12:13am, first published October 18 2016 - 11:17pm
Ahok, right, greets people after arriving at the National Monument in Jakarta in 2014. A Christian and ethnic Chinese, he became governor after his predecessor and political ally Joko Widodo was elected president of Indonesia. Photo: New York Times

Jakarta: Maverick Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, as he is known, has never had a filter. Impulsive and polarising, the city's first openly Christian and ethnic Chinese governor - a double minority in Indonesia - seems to court controversy.

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