Run-off election for Jakarta governor may heighten tensions

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A tight and possibly ugly contest is expected in a second round election for governor of the Indonesian capital that will pit the minority Christian incumbent against a former cabinet minister backed by conservative Muslim clerics.

After months of campaigning dominated by religious and racial tensions, none of the three candidates vying to run Muslim-majority Indonesia's biggest city secured the 50 per cent needed for an outright win, setting the stage for a run-off election in April.

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