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Ahok faces Baswedan in Jakarta runoff election

After a campaign marked by sectarian and ethnic tensions,

voting has begun in the second round of Jakarta's election for a new governor. The vote for Indonesian capital's governor pits Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the city's first Christian and ethnic Chinese leader, against former education minister Anies Baswedan, who has courted the support of conservative Muslims despite his liberal credentials. Recent polls suggest that the race is too close to call, with Baswedan leading by a percentage point in two surveys. Official results will not be announced until the first week of May, but quick counts by independent pollsters should be able to predict the winner hours after the polls close.