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Indonesia election: Big rematch leaves neither candidate satisfied

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

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