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Jokowi now needs to reunite Indonesia after divisive elections

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 nation after divisive elections'. Print Edition | Subscribe