Look Back 2019: Jokowi's win shows Indonesians support moderate views

It was a good year for incumbent leaders, with Indonesia's Joko Widodo and India's Narendra Modi winning stronger mandates

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (left) and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the campaign trail earlier this year. Both were returned to office. Mr Joko will now have to face the challenge of balancing economic growth with socio-cultur
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (above) and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the campaign trail earlier this year. Both were returned to office. Mr Joko will now have to face the challenge of balancing economic growth with socio-cultural development, while former junta leader Mr Prayut has to try and resolve political differences in his country.PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesia held its first ever simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on April 17, a massive logistical challenge which saw 245,000 candidates running for about 200,000 seats.

Incumbent President Joko Widodo, who ran on a joint ticket with Muslim cleric Ma'ruf Amin, won the presidential poll with 55.5 per cent of the votes against his second-time contender, former general Prabowo Subianto, who had paired up with former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2019, with the headline 'ELECTIONS: Jokowi's win shows Indonesians support moderate views '. Subscribe