May 20, 2019 / 7:11 PM / 5 months ago

Official count gives President Widodo victory in Indonesian election

JAKARTA, May 21 (Reuters) - Incumbent President Joko Widodo won last month’s Indonesian eelction with 55.5% of votes against 44.5% for his challenger, retired General Prabowo Subianto, the election commission’s official count said early on Tuesday.

The result confirms unofficial counts by private pollsters of the April 17 election, giving Widodo a comfortable victory, though it could could trigger a legal challenge and potential street protests after Prabowo claimed widespread cheating.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor and Angus MacSwan

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