Indonesia elections - aftermath
The Election Commission said yesterday that Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, had won 55.5% of the vote, securing a second term. His opponent Prabowo Subianto, an elite figure from a wealthy family connected to former dictator Suharto, also lost to Widodo in 2014. He has made four unsuccessful bids for the presidency since Suharto was ousted in 1998.
Fighting broke out last night when supporters of Subianto tried to force their way into the downtown offices of the election supervisory agency and have continued unabated since then. More than two dozen vehicles were burned as rioters took over neighborhoods in central Jakarta, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets. At least six people have died in the riots so far. The government has said features of social media including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp will be restricted on a temporary basis to prevent the spread of hoaxes and inflammatory content. Messaging systems will still work for text and voice messages but photos and videos will be blocked or slowed.
Subianto’s campaign plans to challenge the election in the Constitutional Court. They allege massive fraud in the world’s third-largest democracy but have provided no credible evidence.