Indonesia president calls for respect of governor blasphemy verdict

Supporters of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly called Ahok, stage a protest outside Cipinang Prison, where he was taken following his conviction of blasphemy, in Jakarta, Indonesia May 9, 2017. The sign reads "Ahok is not guilty". REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday urged all parties to respect the verdict of a court which jailed Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, for two years for blasphemy against Islam.

“I ask that all parties respect the legal process and the verdict that was read by the panel of judges, including respecting steps taken by Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to appeal,” Widodo said during a trip to the eastern province of Papua.

“What is most important is that we all believe in the legal mechanism to solve every problem and that is indeed how a democratic country resolves differences of views,” he said.

Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Ed Davies, Robert Birsel