The Muslim divide in Indonesia politics endures

Election results show Jokowi and Prabowo drawing support from traditionalist syncretic and modernist camps respectively

Earlier predictions of a double-digit landslide victory for incumbent President Joko Widodo - popularly known as Jokowi - and his vice-presidential nominee Ma'ruf Amin in Indonesia's elections on Wednesday last week were not borne out.

A "quick count" of sample polling results by reputable pollsters indicated that the Jokowi-Ma'ruf combination had defeated the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno pairing by 54 to 45 per cent, a margin close to the outcome of the 2014 presidential election that similarly pitted Mr Joko against Mr Prabowo.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2019, with the headline 'The Muslim divide in Indonesia politics endures'. Print Edition | Subscribe