Two presidential candidates, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto are vying for the country’s top office.
Polls gave Widodo, who is popularly known as Jokowi, an early lead, but Subianto made substantial gains in the final weeks of campaigning and the race seems set to be decided by the slimmest of margins. A simple majority is required to win in the country’s third direct presidential election.
As many as 190.3 million Indonesians registered to vote, and the Indonesian General Election Commission predicted high voter turnover. Current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term. Yudhoyono last week ordered police and armed forces to step up security during the voting and the following days to prevent any possible violence.
CCTV’s Andy Saputra has more on the regional and global impact for the world’s most populous muslim country and Southeast asia’s biggest economy.
Both Rivals Claim Victory in Indonesian ElectionIndonesians were out in force on Wednesday to vote for their next president in a race that is still too close to call. CCTV's Andy Saputra has more on the regional and global impact for the world's most populous muslim country and Southeast asia's biggest economy.
CCTV’s Phillip Yin interviews Saruhan Hatipoglu, CEO at Business Environment Risk Intelligence consulting firm, to talk about Indonesia’s elections and its impact on the country’s economy.