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Indonesian minorities fear return of identity politics
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Indonesian minorities fear return of identity politics

News of Anies Rasyid Baswedan's 2024 presidential bid stirs bad memories of a bitter election fought on sectarian lines Anies Rasyid Baswedan gives a speech after being announced by the National Democratic Party as their presidential candidate on Oct. 3. (Photo: Instagram) Published: October 13, 2022 10:44 AM GMT Updated: October 13, 2022 10:45 AM GMT When he heard that Anies Rasyid Baswedan was being nominated as a presidential candidate for the 2024 polls, Rikard Rahmat, a 44-year-old Catholic, immediately thought back to the Jakarta gubernatorial election five years ago which many say was marred by religious and racial bias associated with identity politics. The election was won by Anies, a former Minister of Education and Culture, with strong support from hardline Isla...