SINGAPORE (Apr 29): President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) cruised to victory in last week’s presidential election against his only challenger, Prabowo Subianto. The “quick count” of votes showed Jokowi winning the election by a clear majority of around 54% compared with Prabowo’s 46% — a slightly higher margin compared with his 2014 win over Prabowo. Parties supporting Jokowi are likely to secure a majority in parliament as well. Despite the peaceful and well-conducted election, several commentaries on the election have been somewhat downbeat, pointing, for example, to how potent the raw appeals to religious exclusivity has been.

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