Indonesian elections

Jokowi needs to win big

While incumbent Joko Widodo (above) commanded a strong lead for much of the long campaign, the final stretch has thrown up the increasing chance of his opponent, Mr Prabowo Subianto, pulling off an upset.
While incumbent Joko Widodo (above) commanded a strong lead for much of the long campaign, the final stretch has thrown up the increasing chance of his opponent, Mr Prabowo Subianto, pulling off an upset.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

For the incumbent President, still dogged by his status as an outsider, a narrow victory will mean a rocky road ahead

More than 192 million Indonesians will cast their votes on Wednesday for the country's biggest round of elections - and one of its most important yet.

Much is at stake this time around, with the legislative and presidential elections taking place on the same day, in a country grappling with growing polarisation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 14, 2019, with the headline 'Jokowi needs to win big'. Print Edition | Subscribe