Hope rises after the people of Indonesia voted for Joko Widodo as their new president-elect. Now activists and journalist are putting their faith in him, hoping he will bring a new dawn for democracy, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism.
Special Report – By Lasse Underbjerg
After an election campaign filled with turmoil and nerve-wrecking rivalry, Joko Widodo has been elected as the new president for the world’s third largest democracy with 53.2 percent of the votes.
Seven out 10 of the nation’s 194 million eligible voters visited one of Indonesia’s nearly half a million polling stations and exercised their right to directly elect a new president.
The General Elections Commission announced Widodo’s victory over Prabowo Subianto (former chief of special forces in Indonesia) and Hatta Rajasa on July 22. Joko Widodo won in 23 of the country’s 33 provinces and is expected to fend off the legal challenges from his rivals. Read more »