Six Dead, 200 Injured in Jakarta After Post-Election Unrest

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Protestors oppose Jokowi victory.


Six people have died and 200 have been injured in civil unrest in the Indonesian capital, its governor Anies Baswedan, said on Wednesday.

This came following protests after the election commission confirmed President Joko Widodo had won last month’s election.

“As per 9 o’clock this morning, there were 200 people hurt being brought to five hospitals,” the governor told broadcaster TVOne.

“The number of people dead was six,” he said, adding that hospitals were conducting post mortems to determine the cause of death.

Widodo, better known as Jokowi, is seen as the face of Indonesia’s liberal, secular political tradition and is opposed by hard-line Islamists.

Jokowi won more than 85 million votes of a total of 154 million cast in the world’s third-largest democracy, but defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto has alleged there was cheating and about 1,000 of his supporters gathered in Jakarta to protest the victory.