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Joko Widodo headed for second term with 12% lead in Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

Indonesia’s current president Joko Widodo leads main rival Prabowo Subianto by 12 percentage points midway through the official vote tally of the April 17 presidential election.

Widodo who is popularly known as Jokowi has 44.4 million votes (56.2%) compared to Subianto’s 34.6 million votes (43.8%) based on preliminary results from 420,513 polling stations (52%).

The final results will be released on May 22 by Indonesia’s General Elections Commission after verification of the online data with forms filled out at each polling station.

This election marks the first time Indonesia held presidential and legislative elections at the same time were more than 245 000 candidates contested for about 20 000 positions.

The electoral commission announced that at least 290 election officers died due to exhaustion from overseeing the world’s largest election day that saw more than 80% of the 193 million eligible voters turning out to vote.

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