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Jakarta rejects rent-a-mob politics, for now

Gubernatorial contest sees first-round gains for candidates that focus on everyday lives

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Jakarta Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, center, poses with family after voting in Jakarta's Feb. 15 gubernatorial elections. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

As populist politicians sweep to victory around the globe, the world's third-largest democracy, Indonesia, is bucking the trend. There, politicians who have shown they can deliver mundane things like health care and cleaner cities are running ahead of the demagogues who aim to depose them by whipping up fear of outsiders.

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