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Jokowi now needs to reunite Indonesia after divisive elections

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There was always an air of inevitability about the outcome of Indonesia's presidential election, even before the lengthy vote-counting process crawled to an end.

Unofficial quick counts and interim results from the April 17 polls regularly showed incumbent Joko Widodo on course to be re-elected.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2019, with the headline Jokowi now needs to reunite Indonesia after divisive elections. Subscribe