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‘People power’ and Prabowo’s projections

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Jakarta   /   Wed, May 29, 2019   /  09:32 am
‘People power’ and Prabowo’s projections Prabowo addressed hundreds of his supporters during mass prayers held in front of his house in South Jakarta. (Courtesy of/Prabowo-Sandiaga campaign team)

The April 17 elections have come and gone. Except that they haven’t, certainly not for Prabowo Subianto, Sandiaga Uno, their supporters and those who have a vested interest in the two becoming president and vice president for the 2019-2024 term. The General Elections Commission (KPU) was supposed to announce the official result of the presidential elections on May 22, but surprised everyone by doing it earlier, just after midnight on May 21. This was presumably to avoid the use of “people power” threatened by Prabowo supporters, but the riots happened anyway. The authorities said eight were killed and over 700 injured. The KPU announced the incumbent, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, as the winner, garnering 55.5 percent of the vote compared to Prabowo’s 45.5 percent. However, the twice-failed presidential candidate refused to accept the results, claiming t...

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