4/17/2019, 11:59 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Jokowi leads in early results in Indonesia

Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia, is looking to win another mandate at the helm of the world's fourth most populous nation. Unofficial figures compiled on Wednesday by accredited research firms placed his advance at between eight and 13 percentage points over Prabowo Subianto. The reports cite samples from over half of polling stations. They are roughly in line with projections from before today's election.

The so-called quick counts of the vote, held for only six hours, will be followed by official results late next month. Indonesia also had a general election with 16 lists on a national scale, including for provincial and municipal assemblies. There are 193 million eligible voters in the world's largest democracy with a Muslim majority.

The president, also known as Jokowi, leaned on infrastructure work for political support. Prabowo, a former general who also ran five years ago, used nationalist rhetoric and developed ties with conservative religious groups. His Gerindra Party claimed its candidate is in the lead. The emerging economy, currently the 16th in the world, could climb to as high as the fourth place in 30 years, according to several projections.

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