JAKARTA: Indonesia’s main opposition party won the most votes in parliamentary elections yesterday, unofficial tallies showed, setting its popular presidential candidate, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, on course to become the country’s next leader.
However the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) backing of around 20 percent was lower than expected, meaning the governor — a fresh face in a country dominated by figures from the autocratic Suharto era — may face a tougher than expected path to the presidency.
Support for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s party fell by about half after a string of corruption scandals, but backing for Islamic parties jumped.
Some 186 million people were eligible to vote for around 230,000 candidates competing for about 20,000 seats in national and regional legislatures, although the most important vote was for the lower house of the national parliament.
An unofficial tally, known as a “quick count”, by think-tank CSIS, showed the PDI-P winning with 19 percent of the national vote, based on 98 percent of a sample of votes counted from around 2,000 polling stations. A second tally by the Indonesia Survey Circle gave the PDI-P 19.67 percent. It was also based on 98 percent of a sample of votes counted from around 2,000 polling stations. A party needs 25 percent of the national vote or 20 percent of the 560 seats in the lower house of parliament to be able to put forward a presidential candidate on its own. AFP