Indonesia election: presidential rival challenges Widodo victory in court

Prabowo Subianto files lawsuit in constitutional court in Jakarta, scene of fatal clashes between protesters and police this week

Staff and agencies
Sat 25 May 2019


The defeated candidate in Indonesia’s presidential election has filed a challenge against the result in the country’s top court, just days after seven people died in rioting by his supporters in the capital.

The legal move is the latest step in what analysts say has been a months-long campaign by former general Prabowo Subianto to discredit the election.

Members of his campaign including his brother, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, arrived on Friday night at the constitutional court in Jakarta, where a large digital clock was counting down the time left for challenges to the election. The court has a month to make its judgment.

The election commission said on Tuesday that president Joko Widodo had won re-election with 55% of the vote on 17 April, in a poll that is widely regarded as free and fair.

Subianto, who also lost to Widodo in 2014, has declared himself the winner and alleged massive fraud but has provided no credible evidence.

The election supervisory agency earlier this week rejected Subianto’s complaint about the election’s integrity after evidence of vote rigging provided by his team consisted of printouts of online articles.

The results sparked rioting in Jakarta on Tuesday which police say was orchestrated.

In daylight hours Wednesday’s protest in central Jakarta was peaceful, with supporters of Subianto calling for an investigation and waving Islamic and Indonesian flags. Some held flowers and signs denouncing the deaths of six protestors the night before.


1 reply

  1. Do not these bad losers see that they look even more silly by challenging the election results? Anyway, before investigating the actual election the courts should investigate who arranged the riots and punish those responsible for the killings.

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