Friday 20 September 2019

Jokowi set for another term as president but 'beaten' rival vows to mount challenge again


Indonesian President Joko
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo shows his inked finger as his wife Iriana looks on after casting their ballots. Photo: AP

Karlis Salna

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was poised to win another term running the world's largest Muslim-majority country, even as opponent Prabowo Subianto signalled he would challenge the outcome.

Six private polling agencies had the president, known as Jokowi, ahead of the former general by at least seven percentage points with about 90pc of the vote counted.

While election authorities must confirm any final outcome over the next few weeks, results from private companies have proved accurate in past elections.

"Let's be united again as brothers and countrymen after the election, weaving unity and brotherhood," Jokowi told a crowd of cheering supporters chanting his name. He didn't declare victory, saying he would wait for official results.

Another five years in power for Jokowi would be welcome news for investors betting on the 57-year-old leader to pass measures that could unlock growth in south-east Asia's biggest economy.

Mr Prabowo ran a more nationalist campaign, with promises to tackle economic inequality and review Chinese investments.

After losing to Jokowi in the 2014 election, Mr Prabowo challenged the result in a lawsuit eventually dismissed by the constitutional court.

Yesterday, his campaign said quick counts showed he won 52.2pc of the vote.

Irish Independent

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