Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Joko Widodo elected President of Indonesia for second term

Joko Widodo elected President of Indonesia for second term

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been elected for a second term, official results showed, in a victory over a would-be strongman who aligned himself with Islamic hard-liners and vowed Tuesday to challenge the result in the country's highest court.

The city's police spokesman said tear gas and water cannons were being used against protestors attacking with weapons such as rocks and molotov cocktails, according to the Guardian.

"As per 9 o'clock this morning, there were 200 people hurt being brought to five hospitals", Jakarta's governor, Anies Baswedan, told broadcaster TVOne.

He and members of his campaign team have said they will mobilise "people power" for days of street protests rather than appeal to the court because they don't believe it will provide justice.

The election commission had been due to give the divisive poll's final tally on Wednesday, but results were announced early Tuesday instead. They included Sunarko, a retired general and former commander of Indonesia's special forces who uses a single name.

The country's General Election Commission confirmed on Tuesday that Mr Widodo had won the presidency, gaining 55.5% of votes against his opponent Mr Prabowo.

On Monday, an election supervisory agency dismissed claims of systematic cheating, citing a lack of evidence.

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National Police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said the majority of protesters had come from outside Jakarta and almost 60 suspected provocateurs had been arrested.

Hundreds of police in riot gear blocked the usually busy Sarinah intersection to hold back a crowd they said was expected to swell further in the afternoon.

The National Mandate Party (PAN), which is also part of the Prabowo coalition, has also acknowledged the results of the election, which are being rejected by Prabowo's Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra).

"But then around 11:00 p.m., another crowd of unknown origin arrived and started to damage the security barriers [in front of the Bawaslu headquarters]", he said.

"We are still checking, but I need to reiterate that police officers were not equipped with live bullets", he told reporters, according to AFP.

40,000 police and army personnel were on duty across Jakarta in a bid to maintain security, authorities said.

Indonesia's biggest Islamic group, Nahdlatul Ulama, has also urged people to avoid rallies, saying its mosques would not accommodate protesters from outside the capital, except for prayers, media said.

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