Anies-Sandiaga Win Is Not a Victory of Radical Islam: Yenny Wahid

Executive director of the Wahid Foundation, Yenny Wahid, said on Monday (31/07) that the silent moderate majority must play a more active role and fight back in order to combat radicalism. (Antara Foto/Fendi)

By : Hotman Siregar | on 5:58 PM April 30, 2017
Category : News, Politics

Jakarta. The chairwoman of the Wahid Institute, Yenny Wahid, has criticized foreign media for purporting that Anies Baswedan's and Sandiaga Uno's victory in Jakarta's gubernatorial election was a victory of radical Islamic groups.

Yenny, a daughter of former President Abdurrahman Wahid, during the Islamic Youth Festival in Jakarta on Saturday (29/04) expressed her disapproval of the foreign news outlets that in their reporting have bound Anies with radical organizations.

"I oppose the foreign media's use of headlines saying that radical Islamic groups have won. There is much diversity behind Anies, his success team comprises not only of Muslims," she said.

Yenny added that Anies is her old friend, who, she hopes, will appeal to all residents of Jakarta, including those who did not vote for him.

"There's hope for amity between the Muslim and non-Muslim residents. Diversity must be our spirit, as we're building this country and Jakarta together," she said.

After quick count results were released on the election day, many have reported that Anies's and Sandiaga' win over Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat could be considered as victory of Islamic hardliners, referring to religious tensions that informed the gubernatorial race.

The allegations of radical Islamic groups being behind Anies's victory emerged after the governor-elect several times during his campaign period was publicly seen with members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), an organization which in the past had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.

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