Date
23 August 2017
Joko Widodo, who stormed up the ranks of Indonesian politics with a clean image and a reputation for competence, is about to be declared the country's next president. Photo: Bloomberg
Joko Widodo, who stormed up the ranks of Indonesian politics with a clean image and a reputation for competence, is about to be declared the country's next president. Photo: Bloomberg

Indonesia set to declare winner in presidential poll

Indonesian election officials are expected any time soon to declare Jakarta governor Joko Widodo the winner of a hotly contested presidential election allegedly marred by massive cheating, Reuters reported.

Widodo, 53, beat former special forces chief Prabowo Subianto by about five percentage points, according to a private count.

However, Prabowo is refusing to concede defeat and is expected to challenge the result in the Constitutional Court. Experts say such an appeal is unlikely to succeed.

A spokesman for the Election Commission said the announcement would be made by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged whoever loses the closest presidential race in Indonesia’s history to acknowledge the outcome to avoid violence. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Widodo, who has a film-star following, stormed his way to the top rungs of leadership with a clean image and a reputation for competence in local government, in contrast with the autocracy, corruption and power politics that have weighed down the country for decades.

Prabowo’s reputation as a strongman and his vow to reverse the indecisiveness of the outgoing government won him a large following among people yearning for a return to old-style politics, the report said.

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