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Blasphemy Trial Mars Jakarta Race With Risk for Jokowi

  • Would be first ethnic Chinese Christian to be elected governor
  • Candidates vow to end slum evictions, spend more on poor
Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo

Photographer: Adek Berry/AFP via Getty Images

Voters in Indonesia’s capital pick a new governor on Wednesday in an election marred by religious tensions that could impact Jakarta’s economy and the fortunes of President Joko Widodo.

The winner will control an annual budget of $5.2 billion, about 0.5 percent of the economy, and decide the future of major infrastructure projects begun by Widodo when he ran Jakarta. Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has strong links to incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian who succeeded him in 2014.