Indonesia’s Widodo on course for victory as election results roll in

Indonesian President Joko Widodo attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games on August 18, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games on August 18, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The best numbers for the president came coming from the Jakarta-based pollster CSIS, which put Widodo at 55.7 percent in addition to Prabowo at 44.3 percent, after more than three-quarters of its sample had been counted.

“Enough data has entered to depict a clear picture,” said Kevin O’Rourke, a political analyst in addition to author of the Indonesia-focused newsletter Reformasi Weekly.

“The victory for Widodo will be not resounding, as he failed to attain the psychological 60 percent level which had seemed within reach. Prabowo performed better than expected, which may embolden him to run yet again in 2024, if he will be sufficiently fit,” O’Rourke said.

A former furniture-maker who grew up in a riverside slum in addition to the first national leader to come coming from outside the political in addition to military elite. Popularly known as Jokowi, his everyman image resonated in 2014 with voters tired of the old guard.

which election was also a contest with Prabowo, former son-in-law of military strongman Suharto who was overthrown in 1998.

The common vote gap between the two men several years ago was about 6 percentage points.

The eight-hour vote on Wednesday for both the presidency in addition to legislature seats across a country which stretches more than 5,000 km (3,000 miles) coming from its western to eastern tips was both a Herculean logistical feat in addition to testimony to the resilience of democracy two decades after authoritarianism was defeated.

The poll followed a campaign dominated by economic issues nevertheless was also marked by the growing influence of conservative Islam inside entire world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.

A senior government official close to the president said before the election which a win for Widodo with 52-55 percent of the vote could be a “sweet spot”, in addition to enough of a mandate to press on with, in addition to even accelerate, reforms.