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Confirmation of the Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's re-election winner has dismissed violence in Jakarta, where officials say at least six people died after protests amused for rioting in the capital. Widodos challenger, retired Director-General Prabowo Subianto, refuses to admit the race.
Widodo, who has called for unity in the aftermath of the heavily contested election, said he would not tolerate rebellion.
"There is no other military and the police will carry out strict action in accordance with the law," said Widodo Wednesday, according to The Jakarta Post.
Violence officially followed confirmation from Indonesia's General Election Committee that Widodo had won the election in April with 55.5% of the vote for subordinate 44.5%. The result largely echoes the preliminary estimates from last month's elections. But now officials say they have tabled the poll from more than 800,000 polling stations in the vast and predominantly Muslim country.
"This is the second time that Joko Widodo has beaten Prabowo Subianto", reports NPR's Julie McCarthy for our Newscast unit, "and the second time Subianto has rejected the result. He claims massive fraud in the April 17 vote. but gives no evidence. "
Subianto has said he wants to settle the election result in court. But his followers teamed up with police in Jakarta's streets, threw rocks and set fire to tires and vehicles. On the other hand, police and security officers fired tear gas and what was reported to be rubber bullets.
When thousands of people protested in Jakarta for another day, the police blocked them from reaching a transitional protesters to gather under bridge and throw stones over.
In at least one case, images from the scene showed that a firefighting helicopter was used to dump a large water bucket in an attempt to block the demonstrators' path.
At the polling station headquarters in Jakarta, the protesters met with riot police wearing helmets and full body armor Wednesday.
Demonstrators also voted at the General Commission office in Palu, waving red and white flags and shouting slogans as rows of security officers faced them behind concert ranks, according to scene photos.
In his attempt to practice Widodo, Subianto ran a hard-line Muslim campaign hoping to exploit the new conservative's new momentum in Indonesia. As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported, "Subianto was the son-in-law of Indonesia's long-term secured dictator Suharto, who was wiped out in 1998."
To discourage Subianto, Widodo surprised some of his followers by naming the powerful religious president Ma & # 39; ruf Amin, 76, to be his companion. In the past, Amin has been criticized as intolerant, including speaking against LGBT rights.