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Why Jokowi wins in Papua: Cultural lens

  • Hatib Kadir


Jakarta   /   Wed, May 8, 2019   /  09:20 am
Why Jokowi wins in Papua: Cultural lens Warm welcome: A female vendor greets President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo during his visit to the Mama-mama Market in Jayapura, Papua. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

Based on the ongoing quick count results, the incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has won the presidential election in 20 out of 34 provinces and also the Indonesian votes overseas. Most interestingly, although not unexpectedly, Jokowi won in both Papua and West Papua. The provisional results for Papua are approximately 78 percent for Jokowi and Ma’ruf Amin and 21 percent for Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno. Overall votes for Jokowi had increased by about 6 percent from the 2014 election. Likewise, in West Papua in 2014 Jokowi and Ma’ruf collected 70 percent of the votes and Prabowo and Sandiaga gained 29 percent, meaning Jokowi’s 2019 vote tally rose by about 3 percent from the previous presidential election. In the 2014 election, Jokowi won 17 regencies while Prabowo only won three regencies across Papua. Whereas in West Papua, Jokowi took almost all vo...

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