JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any lingering uncertainty around the victory of former Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo.
An Indonesian court Thursday upheld the victory of Joko Widodo at last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent and ending weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy. After two weeks of hearings, the Constitutional Court said it was rejecting ex-general Prabowo Subianto's challenge to the results of the July 9 elections. It clears the way for Jakarta governor Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi and the country's first leader from outside the political and military elites, to focus on preparing for government ahead of his October 20 inauguration. The final day of the long election season was not without drama, however -- as the judges started reading their verdict, police fired volleys of tear gas and water cannon at thousands of angry Prabowo supporters near the court.