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Jakarta's security at highest level following KPU vote tally announcement

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 21, 2019   /  03:22 pm
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Members of the Army's Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) practice rappeling at the National Monument in Jakarta on Monday. Security measures have been heightened following the announcement of the presidential election results by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Tuesday.(Antara/Adam Waluyo )

The police have increased security measures after the General Elections Commission (KPU) officially declared President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of last month’s presidential election in the early hours of Tuesday morning. National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo confirmed that security had been tightened following the KPU’s official vote tally announcement, which was made before the May 22 deadline.  “We can confirm the top alert status today," Dedi was quoted by Antara news agency as saying. According to an official police telegram dated May 20, the police would raise the alert level for public order and safety from May 21 to May 25.  The letter, signed by Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin on behalf of National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, also calls on regional police forces to anticipate possible disturbance...