The Latest: Indonesian president says he won re-election
|Toronto Star 18 Apr 2019 at 03:21|
Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he’s the winner of the country’s presidential election with preliminary results showing he received 54% of the vote.
He told reporters 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. He 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.