Polling stations opened for Indonesia’s parliamentary elections expected to bring Jakarta governor Joko Widodo or “Jokowi” a step closer to being president. The incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is unlikely to be re-elected after his Democratic Party emerged No. 4 in polls, following a string of corruption scandals. This year’s elections, the 4th since the end of authoritarian rule in 1998, will determine who can run in presidential polls on July 9. Widodo is expected to be challenged by Prabowo Subianto, although he lags far behind in the polls.
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