23 July 2014

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

Police rest near the KPU (Indonesian General Election Commission) as the final day of counting continues in the presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The results of the Indonesian presidential race between candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto should be known later in the day.
Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people.
A former furniture exporter known to most as "Jokowi," Widodo was the first candidate in a direct presidential election in Indonesia with no ties to the former dictator Suharto, who ruled for 30 years before being overthrown in 1998.