Jakarta gets a new Governor


The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, with its 9.6 million people went to the polls yesterday to elect a new governor.

The incumbent governor, Fauzi Bowo, was expected to win when voters went to the first round of voting on 11th July. There was, however, an upset and Joko Widodo, the current mayor of Surakarta (also known as Solo) came top of the polls with 42.6% of the vote. This forced a second round which took place yesterday.

Official results will not be known until 3rd October, but unofficial results give Joko Widodo 53.81% of the vote compared with Fauzi Bowo on 46.19%.

Joko Widodo represents the Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle (PDI-P) which is the third largest party in the Indonesian parliament. The defeat of Fauzi Bowo of the ruling Democratic Party (Demokrat) will be a major shock to the government.

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