Tension in Indonesia as Islamist group plans rally against results

Security fears mount amid call to throng streets around poll commission in Jakarta; some 30 held over terror plot

Supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto outside the KPU building on April 21. The Persaudaraan Alumni 212 group has called for a rally to protest against the impending poll results.
Supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto outside the KPU building on April 21. The Persaudaraan Alumni 212 group has called for a rally to protest against the impending poll results.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Indonesia is on edge following plans by an Islamist group to hold a two-day rally at the General Elections Commission (KPU) starting tomorrow, to protest against the impending results of last month's presidential polls.

The call for Muslims to throng the streets around the KPU headquarters in downtown Jakarta has been circulating on social media on the weekend - just before Wednesday's deadline for the official vote count to be completed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Tension in Indonesia as Islamist group plans rally against results'. Print Edition | Subscribe