Joko Widodo, Populist Governor, Is Named Winner in Indonesian Presidential Vote
Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, with his common man image, won the hearts of Indonesians and Indonesia’s presidential election with 53 percent of the vote. His rival, former general Prabowo Subianto, withdrew from the election process, alleging fraud, and vowed to challenge the results. New Mandala article argues that Jokowi is “a leader who has put on his agenda the issues of human rights and freedoms, the rights of minorities, the fight against religious intolerance”. Facing the increasing religious intolerance in Indonesia, is Jokowi able to stop Indonesia from further deteriorating religious tension? ICC intends to closely follow religious persecution cases in Indonesia.
07/22/2014 Indonesia (New York Times)— Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him an unlikely political phenomenon, was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election on Tuesday, completing an improbable ascent from slum child to leader of the world’s fourth most populous nation.
But the historic day was not without controversy as his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, a retired Army general, denounced the result and threatened to withdraw from the race.
The General Elections Commission announced that Mr. Joko had beaten his opponent, Mr. Prabowo, 53.15 percent to 46.85 percent. Nearly 135 million Indonesians cast ballots in the emotionally charged July 9 election, in which voters were choosing a new president for the first time in 10 years.
There was massive police security at the commission’s offices in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday as the vote tabulations were completed, amid rumors of violent street demonstrations by disappointed supporters of Mr. Prabowo.
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As the elections commission was finishing tabulations in the early afternoon and preparing to announce Mr. Joko the winner, representatives of Mr. Prabowo’s campaign staged a walkout at the commission’s office in central Jakarta. Shortly afterward, Mr. Prabowo read an impassioned statement to supporters at his campaign headquarters saying that he had withdrawn his candidacy and would reject the results.