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Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential election

Apr. 18, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he has won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory. Widodo, after meeting with parties in his...

Indonesia's Widodo set for 2nd term as president

Apr. 17, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto. Vote counts from five independent survey groups showed Widodo with a clear...

The Latest: Indonesia leader calls for unity after election

Apr. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on Indonesia's presidential and legislative elections (all times local): 5 p.m. Both candidates in Indonesia's presidential election have addressed supporters after preliminary results showed President Joko Widodo leading his rival Prabowo Subianto by about 10 points....

Indonesians vote in vast democratic exercise

Apr. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elections pit Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, against Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general from the era of authoritarian rule under military dictator Suharto. Some facts and figures about Wednesday's elections:...

Indonesia candidates: Metal fan, cleric, soldier, tycoon

Apr. 16, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential election Wednesday pits incumbent Joko Widodo against former special forces Gen. Prabowo Subianto in a repeat of the 2014 contest. Widodo, a furniture exporter and heavy metal fan who had a meteoric rise in Indonesian politics, chose a conservative Muslim...

Indonesia candidates: Metal fan, cleric, soldier, tycoon

Apr. 16, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential election Wednesday pits incumbent Joko Widodo against former special forces Gen. Prabowo Subianto in a repeat of the 2014 contest. Widodo, a furniture exporter and heavy metal fan who had a meteoric rise in Indonesian politics, chose a conservative Muslim...

Strongman vies with 'people's president' to lead Indonesia

Apr. 16, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In the final moves of Indonesia's presidential campaign, one candidate dashed to Saudi Arabia to meet its king and perform a minor pilgrimage. The other attended a feline photography exhibition and giggled with delight at a giant photo of his own pet cat. For the world's most...

Halal ink, giant ballots ready for Indonesian election

Apr. 16, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Nearly 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in presidential and legislative elections on Wednesday. President Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, is competing against Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general from the era of...

Indonesians flock to final presidential campaign rallies

Apr. 13, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies Saturday ahead of a final debate between the two candidates, four days before the country heads to the polls. Supporters of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo filled a stadium in central Jakarta, while the vice...

Indonesia to probe warehouse of ballots in Malaysia

Apr. 11, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Election Commission said Thursday it is sending officials to investigate after videos circulated online of thousands of ballots for next week's polls scattered throughout a warehouse in neighboring Malaysia. One of the videos shows police at the warehouse in Malaysia's...