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The results are in from Indonesia’s Presidential election: Joko Widodo, the reformer who started life as a humble furniture maker before winning popularity for his honesty and success as a local politician, has won. The Wall Street Journal reports:



Indonesia’s vote count in the Southeast Asian country’s July 9 presidential election showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo winning more than 53% of the vote, with the official declaration of his victory expected later Tuesday evening.


Local media said tabulations by the national elections commission after days of collating more than 133 million ballots in the archipelago nation showed Mr. Widodo had 53.15% of the vote, edging out edged former army general Prabowo Subianto who had 46.85% of the vote, a margin of about 8.5 million votes. Voter turnout was almost 70%.



As Catriona Croft-Cusworth pointed out on this site yesterday, “Jokowi”, as the Jakarta governor is universally known, was the reformist candidate in this election and is widely hailed in the West as Indonesia’s best hope going forward.


But all is not well. Jokowi’s opponent, Prabowo Subianto, an erstwhile general with ties to Indonesia’s dictatorial past, declared in advance of the results that he was withdrawing his candidacy, according to CNN:



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