Jokowi's allies record early wins in regional elections

A polling station in Solo, Central Java, decorated with a football theme amid the ongoing World Cup in Russia. Over 150 million registered voters were set to elect their governors, mayors and regents in yesterday's polls.
A polling station in Solo, Central Java, decorated with a football theme amid the ongoing World Cup in Russia. Over 150 million registered voters were set to elect their governors, mayors and regents in yesterday's polls.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Candidates backed by allies of Indonesian President Joko Widodo scored big at yesterday's regional polls, where more than 150 million people cast their votes to elect their local leaders.

Among them is popular Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil, who is poised to be the next West Java governor.

Official results of the polls will be released over the next week or so, but quick counts based on samples of votes from polling stations have been historically accurate.

The win for Mr Ridwan, who is backed by political parties that also support Mr Joko, will be a boost for the President as he seeks a second term in office next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Jokowi's allies record early wins in regional elections'. Print Edition | Subscribe