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STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he was 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 coalition, told reporters that about 20 leaders of nations from Southeast Asia and other regions have congratulated him on securing a second term.
The vote estimate is based on so-called quick counts of a sample of polling stations by reputable survey organizations. Widodo said that 100% of sample polling stations have now been counted or close to that. The quick counts have been accurate in previous elections.
Widodo’s rival, former Gen. Prabowo Subianto, has claimed he won 62% of the vote in Wednesday’s election based on his campaign’s own counts, repeating a similar claim when he lost to Widodo in 2014.
The Election Commission is required to release official results by May 22. The country’s security minister and its military and police chiefs said earlier Thursday that they will crack down on any attempts to disrupt public order while official results from presidential and legislative (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/18/indonesia-officials-warn-against-post-election-dis).
Presidential contender Prabowo Subianto declared victory again over the incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday evening — but this time, he was not alone.
He proclaimed victory alongside his running mate Sandiaga Uno, Democratic Party secretary general Hinca Pandjaitan and National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais, who had all been absent during Prabowo’s first declaration on Wednesday evening.
“I declare victory along with Sandiaga Uno as president and vice president for the 2019-2024 period based on [our lead of] 64 percent of the vote in the real count that we have recapitulated,” Prabowo said.
His supporters who packed the team’s basecamp on Jl. Kertanegara in South Jakarta cheered loudly and shouted his name. Prabowo also asked his supporters to shout Allahu Akbar (God is Great) with him.
“We have declared this victory earlier than [the final results] because we have evidence of various wrongdoings in numerous villages, subdistricts and districts across Indonesia.”
Prabowo first claimed victory on Wednesday at his base camp in Jakarta upon receiving information that he had won the race with 62 percent of the vote based on an internal “real count” of over 320,000 polling stations across Indonesia.
Unofficial results showed Indonesians re-electing President Joko Widodo for a second five-year term, but his nationalist opponent questioned the count, setting up political uncertainty in the world’s third-largest democracy.
Meanwhile, politic observer and senior law practitioner, Airla said all of Indonesian people are waiting the next situation after 2019 general election was did, because both of camps with their political ego each other tends to make unstable situation through declaration and other political mobilization movement which can hamper and endanger national situation.
“Politically, there is any possibilities if chaotic situation will come to Indonesia, because the final results of these election is predicted its does not easily take by the lost camps. Democracy and national economic in the situation of roadcross and international investor may leave from Indonesia to protect their money. If these condition will happen, all of Indonesian will be sorrow, because foreign investor and others countries did not trust to Indonesia,” Airla predicted (Red).