The outgoing president garnered 55.5 percent of the vote, compared to 44.5 percent for his opponent Prabowo Subianto, according to the electoral commission.
While the official release of the results of the Indonesian presidential election was initially expected on Wednesday, the commission finally announced them in the middle of the night. Outgoing President Joko Widodo has been elected to a second term as head of Indonesia with 55.5 percent of the vote, against 44.5 percent for his opponent Prabowo Subianto, the electoral commission announced on Tuesday (May 21st).
"This decision was announced on May 21 (…) and will be effective immediately"Arief Budiman commission chief told a conference broadcast live by local media.
Countdown disputed by Prabowo Subianto
Some 32,000 law enforcement personnel were deployed in Jakarta in anticipation of the announcement of the results, and the Electoral Commission building was barricaded and protected by rolls of barbed wire to prevent intrusion.
Since the April 17 poll, in which more than 190 million Indonesians have been voting, opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto has been challenging the partial vote count that gave the outgoing president an advance, and he declared winning the election by citing alternative polls. He denounced fraud during the election and called on his supporters to demonstrate.
Authorities have called on supporters of ex-general Prabowo Subianto not to take to the streets, pointing to a risk of terrorist attacks.
Prabowo Subianto had already been beaten by Joko Widodo in 2014 and conceded defeat after an appeal was dismissed by the court.