Although President Joko Widodo is all but assured a second term after yesterday’s election, his chief rival, Prabowo Subianto, claimed victory in the vote — despite numerous reliable pollsters placing Widodo firmly in the lead by around 8 percentage points. Police, meanwhile, have warned supporters not to stage any destabilizing rallies. Official results will be announced next month.
What’s next for Indonesia? Although experts believe Subianto has little chance of successfully challenging the vote, others say Widodo faces a far larger challenge: Keeping the economy humming while struggling with a fragmented Parliament.