Indonesian presidential election

Another day, another big presidential democracy having an election. In this case, it is Indonesia’s presidential election.

The country had (counterhoneymoon) legislative elections earlier this year, which saw a high degree of fragmentation.

To be elected president in one round, the leading candidate must have over 50% of the nationwide votes and 20% in at least 17 of the 33 provinces. Otherwise, there would be a runoff in September. However, as the polls open there is not much suspense, as it appears certain that Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to become Indonesia’s first democratically reelected president.

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