News analysis

Indonesia election: Big rematch leaves neither candidate satisfied

Quick counts indicate victory for Jokowi, but not the landslide win many predicted.

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Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto casting their ballots at polling stations in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 17, 2019.PHOTOS: AFP

President Joko Widodo did not look like a man on the cusp of victory last night as he addressed supporters, even though unofficial quick counts, by no less than five pollsters, tipped him to win re-election.

If anything, he appeared somewhat sombre as he called for patience among his supporters, while the General Elections Commission races to tally the millions of votes cast in yesterday's presidential election in Indonesia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2019, with the headline 'Big rematch leaves neither candidate satisfied'. Subscribe