Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has won another term as president of the world´s third-biggest democracy.
According to sources, Joko — known as Jokowi — won 55.5% of the vote in last month’s general election while his longtime rival Prabowo Subianto took 44.5%, according to the General Elections Commission. Jokowi, 57, outperformed his 67-year-old strongman opponent in 21 of the country’s 34 provinces.
The commission was expected to announce the official results on Wednesday but surprisingly, it released the final tally early today (Tuesday) amidst fears of unrest after Prabowo vowed to challenge any victory for the incumbent leader.
A witness for Prabowo’s campaign team and the leading opposition party refused to sign and validate the official results, which were announced with little advance notice, sources wrote.
“We won’t give up in the face of this injustice, cheating, lies, and these actions against democracy,” Azis Subekti, a witness from Prabowo’s campaign team, was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
This year’s campaign was punctuated by bitter mudslinging and a slew of fake news online — much of it directed at the presidential contenders.
Subianto — who has strong ties to the Suharto dictatorship that collapsed in 1998 — was pilloried online for his refusal to concede and over his claims to have won the poll.