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The contest between Chinese Christian incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok, and his two Muslim opponents has raised questions over whether Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation on earth, will remain a moderate Muslim society.
It could even determine who will be the next President of Indonesia after the 2019 national election.
A result won't be known for two weeks and if no one wins a majority, a second round of voting will take place on April 19.
"If (incumbent) Ahok was to lose, other than politicians using religion as a tool, Islamists will use it to change Islam into Indonesia to their own meaning, that isn't Indonesian," Center for Strategic and International Studies Indonesia researcher Tobias Basuki told CNN.

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