Indonesia’s meteorology agency warns the heaviest monsoon rains of the season will fall in and around the densely populated capital in the coming days.
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Former education minister Anies Baswedan was inaugurated along with his running mate, businessman Sandiaga Uno, nearly six months after decisively beating the capital's incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was accused of insulting the Quran after he questioned his opponents' use of a verse against his role as a governor. Purnama apologised later, saying he meant no offence.
Protests come after Indonesian prosecutors recommended a one-year suspended jail sentence in the blasphemy trial of Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.
The elections have been overshadowed by religious tensions as mass protests have been held against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the incumbent Christian governor in a Muslim-majority country.
Polls open at 7 am (0000 GMT) in what is expected to be an unusually close race between the incumbent, Purnama, the city's first Christian and ethnic Chinese leader, and a former education minister, Baswedan, a Muslim.
Data from sample polling stations suggests the race will enter round two, between incumbent governor of Indonesia's capital Basuki Purnama and Anies Baswedan. Purnama was charged with blasphemy months before the elections.
The most populous Muslim country in the world, with around 250 million people, has seen escalating religious and ethnic tensions ahead of Jakarta's 2017 gubernatorial election.
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