Joko Widodo declares victory in presidential election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared victory on Thursday in the presidential election. However, his rival also claimed he had won and complained of widespread cheating, Reuters reported.

Unofficial results pointed to a win for Widodo, with about 55 percent of the popular vote, giving him a lead of almost 10 percentage points over his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto. The official result will not be announced until May 22

Widodo told reporters that he received congratulatory calls from 22 state leaders, including  Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and he had invited his rival to meet.

Widodo also called on supporters to wait for official results to confirm the victory. He claimed about receiving 62% of the vote.

In 2014, Prabowo had also claimed victory on election day, before contesting the results at the Constitutional Court, which confirmed Widodo’s win.

His representative said that Prabowo would file a complaint to the Constitutional Court if the election commission confirmed Widodo’s victory.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.