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Indonesia cheered on Thursday after the unofficial presidential election results indicated that President Joko Widodo has won a clear margin with maximum votes in his favour.

According to Reuters news reports, the outcome of the vote from the private pollsters based over counts of vote samples was in accordance with the opinion polls that have predicted a clear victory for the president, further raising expectations for the spending of reforms under Widodo’s second presidential term.

The “quick counts” have shown that Widodo has won the popular vote having at least 54 per cent of votes in his favour, providing his a lead of about eight per cent points against ex-general Prabowo Subianto, who has been narrowly defeated by the president in 2014 presidential election.

The counts have been proved to be accurate in the previous elections, while the official exact outcome will not get declared until May.

On Wednesday, Widodo said the vote’s outcome has indicated that he had regained his presidential position for the second term, but also urged his supporters to wait for final vote results announcement, which will be announced by the election commission.

The front page of Indonesia’s English-language Jakarta Post newspaper carried the headline: “Five More Years” next to a picture of the president.


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