A worker prepares a ballot box to be distributed to polling stations in Jakarta. Photo: AP

Indonesia election: Jokowi and Prabowo both claim upper hand as polls close

  • Incumbent President Joko Widodo and his challenger Prabowo Subianto both say they’re optimistic about winning
  • Both candidates have resorted to identity politics, mainly surrounding religion, while campaigning in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation
Topic |   Asia elections

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A worker prepares a ballot box to be distributed to polling stations in Jakarta. Photo: AP
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Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin. Photo: Reuters

Indonesia election: who will win between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto?

  • Jokowi again faces a challenge from former general Prabowo, who has attacked the incumbent’s track record on the economy and promised to end growing inequality
  • Religious identity politics and fake news have both shaped the campaign, which culminates next Wednesday on April 17
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Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin. Photo: Reuters
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