Sample vote counts by private pollsters from last week's poll show that incumbent President Joko Widodo is headed for a second and final term in office though the results are being disputed by his challenger, ex-general Prabowo Subianto. There are, however, a string of new leaders waiting in the wings for their chance including some who, like Widodo, cut their teeth running cities or provinces across the archipelago, and also the offspring of ex-leaders being groomed to take over. "We have a lot of potential leaders... The threshold should be lowered to give these people an open opportunity," said Arya Fernandes, a researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
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Even with Indonesia's current presidential election result still to be officially confirmed, attention is turning to the next race for the top job in 2024 with some rising political stars and well-connected figures in the frame. Sample vote counts by private pollsters from last week's poll show that incumbent President Joko Widodo is headed for a second and final term in office though the results are being disputed by his challenger, ex-general Prabowo Subianto. There are, however, a string of new leaders waiting in the wings for their chance including some who, like Widodo, cut their teeth running cities or provinces across the archipelago, and also the offspring of ex-leaders being groomed to take over.
Nine Indonesian police officers died while carrying out election-related duties this week, including some who collapsed from exhaustion. Others died in accidents and after getting sick, the Cabinet Secretary said in a statement published on its website. Indonesia deployed about 7.2 million poll workers on April 17 to wrap up the world's largest single-day democratic election in just six hours. More than 190 million people in the world's fourth most populous nation were registered to vote, with a turnout rate exceeding 80 percent. President Joko Widodo has claimed victory in the election, citing unofficial quick count results. His opponent Prabowo Subianto has also claimed victory, paving the
Indonesian President Joko Widodo's apparent re-election to a second five-year term April 17 was a welcome political reprieve in a world hungry for voices of freedom and moderation. Jokowi, as the 57 year-old one-time furniture exporter is known, laid the ghost of a military dictatorship that fell 20 years ago (his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, was a son-in-law of deposed strongman Suharto). He also co-opted, for now, a restive fundamentalist movement in the world's largest majority-Muslim country. His vice-presidential running mate was a cleric known for orthodox views. “The election shows Indonesians feel tomorrow will be better than yesterday, and they are under proper leadership,” says Edward
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Voting is underway across Indonesia in presidential and legislative elections Wednesday after a campaign that pitted the moderate incumbent against an ultranationalist former general. The first votes were cast in easternmost provinces after polling booths opened at 7 a.m. followed an hour later by central regions such as Bali and then the capital Jakarta and western provinces. Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of 17,000 islands, has time three zones. About 193 million people are eligible to vote in polls that will decide who leads the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Voting ends at 1 p.m. and so called "quick count" results are expected after about two
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he has won reelection after receiving an estimated 54 percent of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory. Widodo, after meeting with parties in his coalition, told reporters that the leaders of Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, and numerous other nations have congratulated him on securing a second term. The vote estimate is based on so-called quick counts of a sample of polling stations by a dozen reputable survey organizations. Widodo said that 100 percent of sample polling stations have now been counted or close to that. The quick counts have been
Caption Close JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on Indonesia's election (all times local): 6 p.m. Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he's the winner of the country's presidential election with preliminary results showing he received 54% of the vote. He told reporters about 20 leaders of nations from Southeast Asia and other regions have congratulated him on securing a second term. The vote estimate is based on so-called quick counts of a sample of polling stations by reputable survey organizations. He said that 100% of sample polling stations have now been counted or close to that. The quick counts have been accurate in previous elections. Widodo's rival, former Gen. Prabowo Subianto, has