Joko Widodo re-elected as Indonesian president

His rival, however, announced he would challenge election results

Photo: EPA Indonesia's incumbent President from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo.

Joko Widodo has been re-elected as Indonesia's president after last month's vote, beating former general Prabowo Subianto. According to the results, which were released a day ahead of schedule in the early hours of Tuesday, amid fears of unrest, Widodo won 55.5% of the vote to Prabowo's 44.5%.

Reacting to the election commission's announcement, Prabowo rejected the result and said he would pursue "legal avenues", but urged his supporters to stay calm. Ahead of the final tally he had alleged "widespread cheating" and warned of potential street protests. The move came after in 2014 Prabowo challenged an election defeat by Widodo in Indonesia's constitutional court, but lost.

The latest vote followed a bitter campaign in which religion played a key role, but independent observers have said it was free and fair. More than 192 million people were eligible to vote in the 17 April poll, choosing 20,000 local and national lawmakers.

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