Indonesia Holds Presidential Election

July 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Indonesia’s third direct presidential election was held on Wednesday 9 July 2014.[i]  Indonesia has a population of 251,857,940, which makes it the world’s third largest democracy.[ii] Coupled with it being Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, the stakes for the election are significant. There were two candidates contending for the Office of President: Joko WIDODO (popularly known as JOKOWI), a fifty-three year old former furniture businessman and mayor and current Governor of Jakarta; and PRABOWO Subianto, who was a general under the authoritarian President SUHARTO. There were over 190,307,134 registered voters for the election and turnout was expected to be high.[iii][iv]Unofficial “quick counts” have shown the race to be extremely close. Both candidates have declared themselves the winner.[v]  Indonesia’s General Election Commission (KPU) is due to announce official results on 22 July 2014.[vi]


[i] http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/09/us-indonesia-election-idUSKBN0FD2KZ20140709

[iv] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/world/asia/indonesian-election.html

[v] http://online.wsj.com/articles/polls-open-in-indonesia-presidential-race-1404872776

[vi] http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/835a6bd6-07f7-11e4-acd8-00144feab7de.html#axzz374aBNuY1

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