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.