Indonesia opposition wins polls, sets stage for Jokowi


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Indonesia’s main opposition party won the most votes in parliamentary elections April 9, unofficial tallies showed, setting its popular presidential candidate, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, on course to become the country’s next leader. Support for President Susilo Bambang’s party fell by about half after a string of corruption scandals, but backing for Islamic parties in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country jumped. The polls determine who can run in presidential elections in July and all eyes were on frontrunner Widodo and the PDI-P, which has long been tipped to win the biggest share of the vote on the back of the governor’s popularity. Known by his nickname “Jokowi,” he is from a new generation of leaders in the world’s third-biggest democracy.

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