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Indonesia's Widodo supporters cheer 'quick counts' victor

18 April 2019

Quick count results in Indonesia showed incumbent Joko Widodo regaining his presidency for the next five years, news that was welcomed by his supporters on Thursday. The 'quick count' vote showed Widodo winning the popular vote with at least 54 percent, giving him a lead of around eight percentage points over former general Prabowo Subianto, who was narrowly defeated by Widodo in last election five years ago.

The counts from reputable pollsters have proved to be accurate in previous elections, though the official result will not be announced until May. Prabowo said on Wednesday evening that the "real count" gave him 62 percent though the election commission's website put him at about 45 percent on Thursday morning based on results from 808 of more than 800,000 polling stations.