Date
23 October 2017
Joko Widodo, Indonesia"s president-elect (left), delivers a victory speech with Vice President Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday. Photo: Bloomberg
Joko Widodo, Indonesia"s president-elect (left), delivers a victory speech with Vice President Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday. Photo: Bloomberg

Joko Widodo wins Indonesia presidential election

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo has beaten challenger former general Prabowo Subianto to win the race for the Indonesian presidency, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

The election commission declared the 53-year-old furniture salesman the winner with 53 per cent of the votes.

Widodo called his win “a victory for all the Indonesian people” and said he hoped it would pave the way to a politically and economically independent Indonesia, the report said.

Subianto had said he would reject the election results because the process was not fair. He has three days to lodge a formal protest with the country’s Constitutional Court.

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