Joko Widodo, populist governor, is named winner in Indonesian presidential vote

July 23, 2014 9:57 AM

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Joko Widodo, populist governor, is named winner in Indonesian presidential vote

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him a political phenomenon, was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election on Tuesday, completing an improbable ascent from child of the slums to leader of the world’s fourth most populous nation.

But the announcement, while widely expected, did not end a simmering controversy, as his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, a retired army general, rejected the results as fraudulent and threatened to withdraw from the race.

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