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Indonesian Election: Who won?
By admin July 14, 2014

The world’s third largest democracy, with a population of 240 million people and 185 million voters, held presidential elections on Wednesday, July 9th, but it was not a decisive outcome. Early post-election counts, from samples around the archipelago, have given Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about 52% of the vote, compared with about 48% for his rival, Prabowo Subianto, an ex-general and son-in-law of the former dictator Suharto.

Young voters, who have taken to social media in huge numbers during the election, in fact at one point, six out of ten top trending hashtags on Twitter worldwide referred to Indonesia’s election, believe that Jokowi represents a clean break with the past.

After Jokowi gave a victory speech, Widodo soon followed with a victory speech of his own and has refused to concede until all the votes are counted. Some experts say that because all the votes have already been cast, Subianto’s strategy is not to influence voter behavior, but rather buy time and sow public confusion about the election result, while looking to other methods to win the election, such as challenging the outcome in the Constitutional Court (MK), which could then make the election unresolved for months.

Official results are not expected until July 22nd, at the earliest, and so authorities said up to 250,000 police officers were on standby across the country to ensure peace, but so far it has been quiet in the capital of Jakarta and elsewhere. Jokowi has called on his supporters to hold off on celebrating, worried it could spark violence by Subianto’s supporters while the nation waits for official results.

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