Police in Indonesia have charged the Muslim-majority country’s only Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is popularly known as “Ahok,” with blasphemy based on a complaint filed by Muslim groups after the official challenged an interpretation of a verse in the Quran that says Muslims cannot vote for a non-Muslim candidate.
Ahok, a Christian and member of Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese community, is the governor of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, which is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. His rivals in the coming gubernatorial election are Muslim. Ahok was declared a suspect in the blasphemy case this week, about 10 days after hundreds of thousands of conservative Muslims held a rally to demand his prosecution, according to The Jakarta Post. FULL REPORT