Jakarta Governor wins Indonesian Presidential elections

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 1:46:03 by
Joko Widodo

The governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, has been declared the winner of the Indonesian elections held on July 9 and will be the first president with no ties to the former military regime of Suharto, according to France Press Tuesdays. Widodo, according to official results, has achieved 53% of the vote compared to 47% of its opponent, the former general Prabowo Subianto.

The outcome of the election comes after a busy morning in which the former general has withdrawn his candidacy for president of Indonesia after reporting an alleged ” massive fraud”. “These elections were not democratic and go against the Constitution. The Electoral Commission was not fair and transparent “, said the former general in a letter read publicly by a member of his team on the same day as expected, a few hours later, the results of the election that faced the governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, nicknamed Jokowi.

The Election Commission has finalized the official announcement of counting surrounded by a large security deployment to prevent incidents by supporters of the two presidential candidates. Both candidates declared themselves winners at the polls closed on 9 July. Most polls pointed Widodo and then excelled with 53 % of the vote to Prabowo. The winner will replace the current head of state, Sushilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Jokowi, the Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle started the campaign with a comfortable lead. Exporter of furniture by profession, gained fame as governor of Jakarta, a position he won in 2012 and which won great popularity in trying to solve problems with innovative proposals of the Indonesian capital, from overpopulation to excess traffic.

Prabowo, by contrast, maintains numerous links with the former military regime of Suharto. He was married to a daughter of the dictator and has been recognized in 1998 before fall of that government, was involved in the abduction of pro-democracy activists.

The police and army have made a joint deployment of 13,000 troops around the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in Jakarta and other parts of the capital, while another 33,000 soldiers are deployed in different conflict areas.

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