The reform-minded governor of teeming Jakarta, Joko Widodo, has comfortably won Indonesia's closely fought presidential race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto, final results showed Tuesday.
He was raised in a bamboo shack in a riverbank slum on Indonesia's main island of Java.
A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's third-largest democracy could be decided in court.
Both sides claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading over ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
As the world's third-largest democracy prepares to elect a new president Wednesday, Indonesians are divided between two very different choices: a one-time furniture maker and a wealthy ex-army general with close links to former dictator Suharto.
An anti-graft court has sentenced Indonesia's former top judge to life imprisonment for corruption and money laundering.
In the Indonesian city of Solo, where powerful sultans once reigned supreme, residents are fervently backing a commoner who transformed their city in his bid to become president.
A Philippine senator who is the son of an ex-president surrendered to police Monday after a court ordered his arrest on corruption charges. Jinggoy Estrada was the second celebrity politician in days to end up in jail on charges of plundering the poor Southeast Asian nation's coffers.
Sex workers in skin-tight outfits sit in shop windows, ignoring the call to prayer that blares from mosques across the heart of one of Southeast Asia's biggest red-light districts.
A presidential candidate who served as a general during Indonesia's three-decade Suharto dictatorship has emotionally defended himself against alleged human rights abuses committed during his service in a televised election debate.