Joko Widodo elected President of Indonesia for second term

Prelims level : India – Indonesia Relations. Mains level : Explain about Indonesia’s Challenges in Addressing Disasters
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  • Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the country, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.
  • Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
  • The commission was expected to announce the official results of the April 17 poll tomorrow.
  • But amid fears about unrest and street demonstrations in response to the final count, the final tally was released early with little advance notice.
  • 57-year-old Widodo, had been widely predicted to win according to unofficial results. His challenger 67-year-old Subianto, has vowed to challenge any victory for Widodo, alleging widespread voter fraud, and warned that it could spark street protests across the country.
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