For the first time in more than three decades, the Indonesian capital Jakarta will have a governor of Chinese descent. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok as he is called, has become a symbol of hope for Indonesia's ethnic Chinese population.

For decades, Chinese Indonesians were banned from politics. Now Ahok, who is a Christian, is set to govern the country's largest city. But this has angered conservative Musilm groups, who have protested against him.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta.

Source: Al Jazeera