No Muslim candidates in four-cornered fight

Above: Mr Viktor Laiskodat (centre) with melon farmers in Desa Naioni, East Nusa Tenggara. Left: Mr Benny K. Harman (with green scarf) on the campaign trail. He and his rival Mr Viktor are considered the front runners for the post of governor.
Mr Viktor Laiskodat (centre) with melon farmers in Desa Naioni, East Nusa Tenggara.PHOTOS: VIKTOR LAISKODAT, BENNY K. HARMAN

Unlike the gubernatorial election in most other Indonesian provinces, the race in East Nusa Tenggara stands out for two reasons: It is a four-cornered fight and all the candidates are non-Muslims.

The front runners for the governor's post are Mr Viktor Laiskodat, backed by NasDem Party, Golkar Party and Hanura Party; and Mr Benny K. Harman, supported by the Democratic Party, Prosperous Justice Party and Indonesian Justice and Unity Party.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'No Muslim candidates in four-cornered fight'. Subscribe