Six killed in violence after Indonesian presidential election result
May 22nd, 2019 at 2:51 pm
Six killed in violence after Indonesian presidential election result

International desk: At least six persons have reportedly been killed and more than 200 others injured as violence erupted in the Indonesian capital Jakarta after the presidential election result was out.

Joko Widodo was re-elected Tuesday beating his long-time rival Prabowo Subianto.

Governor Anies Baswedan said six people have been during mass rallies against the re-election Joko Widodo, but police said they heard some people were died.

Protests in the capital Jakarta started peacefully on Tuesday but soon turned violent, with cars set on fire and firecrackers thrown at police.

Police in riot gear fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, BBC reported.

National Police Spokesman M Iqbal said that 69 protestors had been arrested following the violence.

“We’re concluding from these events that [these] were not spontaneous masses. They want anarchy, creating riots,” he told a news conference in Jakarta.

The country’s General Election Commission confirmed on Tuesday that Widodo had won the presidency, taking 55.5% of votes.

Prabowo, who lost in 2014 election, has rejected the results. More than 192 million people were eligible to vote in the presidential and general elections that took place on 17 April.

After the official results were announced on Tuesday, thousands gathered in front of the election supervisory building in support of Prabowo, but later moved on to other areas across Jakarta after police urged the crowd to disperse, according to BBC.