Jokowi confirmed as the next President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo “Jokowi” is the next President of the Republic of Indonesia. On 22 July, the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced that the Jakarta Governor had won the 9 July Presidential elections with a total vote of 70,997,833, or 53.15%. Mr. Widodo is set to take up office in October to serve a 5-year term alongside his partner Jusuf Kalla, elected for Vice-President.
The presidential campaign was a close race, with the Jokowi-Kalla ticket followed closely by the opposing list led by former army general Prabowo Subianto. Up until the very end, it was uncertain who would win, with Jokowi seeing his initial poll advantage fall to only a few points. However, in accordance with the quick counts announced earlier in July, the Prabowo-Hatta duo did fall short in overcoming the momentum gathered by the new President-elect in the last months, losing by a 6% difference.
Mr. Prabowo rejected the results before the official announcement, having withdrawn from the electoral process altogether, claiming that the count was flawed and the process undemocratic due to widespread irregularities. It was announced that he will soon dispute the outcome in the country’s Constitutional Court, in spite of doubts surrounding the legal consequences of his early withdrawal.
In his victory speech, Jokowi urged Indonesians to forget recent divisions related to the elections and stand together for the development of the country.