Jakarta governor sworn in amid calls from hardliners for ‘Islamic lifestyle’

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By Kanupriya Kapoor-JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in a former education minister as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.

Anies Baswedan was inaugurated as Indonesia’s reputation for religious tolerance comes under scrutiny due to the rising clout of Islamists in a nation with large Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (R) and his deputy Sandiaga Uno wave to reporters before a swearing-in at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Presidential guards walk with (L-R) Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan for a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta
REFILE – CORRECTING STYLE A man holds a Koran as Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan stands during a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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