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Indonesian regional polls results: Devil is in the details

Preliminary results hint that PDI-P will need to raise its game for 2019 presidential race

On the face of it, preliminary results of Wednesday's regional polls augur well for President Joko Widodo's re-election bid, with his allies notching up important wins in key electorates across Java, Indonesia's most populous region.

But in this era of coalition politics, which in Indonesia's case is often played out at a frenetic pace, how far can the President, popularly known as Jokowi, rely on the results of these elections as an early indication of his own race next year?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Indonesian regional polls results: Devil is in the details '. Print Edition | Subscribe