Indonesia on edge as Islamist group plans rally in capital

Supporters of Indonesian presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto gather for a protest in Surabaya, on May 17, 2019.
Supporters of Indonesian presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto gather for a protest in Surabaya, on May 17, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

An Islamist group plans to hold a two-day rally from tomorrow in Jakarta to protest against what it claims are fraudulent election results that helped President Joko Widodo win a second term.

This has added to tensions in Indonesia, following police warnings of possible terror attacks on crowds during the official announcement of the presidential election results on Wednesday by the election commission, or KPU, in Jakarta. Mr Joko's challenger in the presidential polls, former general Prabowo Subianto, has said he will reject the results due to what he claims is electoral fraud.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia on edge as Islamist group plans rally in capital'. Print Edition | Subscribe