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Islamist challenge mounts in Indonesia and Bangladesh

Governments must find a strategy to outflank groups advocating intolerance

| Indonesia

The ethnically Chinese and Christian governor of Indonesia's capital Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, is facing a tight election contest on Feb. 15 in which race and religious issues have been thrust forward by firebrand Islamists. Accused of committing blasphemy, Purnama -- known as "Ahok" -- is up against an intense wave of Islamist resurgence that dramatically manifested itself in mass protests in Jakarta last November, ostensibly to defend the Quran.

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