Jakarta’s governor Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has won the presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, as the the General Elections Commission announced on Tuesday. His rival, former General Prabowo Subianto, received 47 percent of the almost 135 million votes cast in the 9 July election.
Even before the final results were announced, Prabowo withdrew from the race, claiming that the voting process had been irregular and that fraud had taken place. Prabowo’s spokesman said they were preparing to appeal to Indonesia’s constitutional court. Such an appeal has to take place within 3 days of the announcement of the election results. Analysts believe that Jokowi’s margin of 6% would suffice even if some irregularities were to be found. A ruling has to be made by 22 August.
By Shada Islam
Asia remains high on the European Union’s foreign and security policy agenda as foreign ministers from the EU and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meet in Brussels on July 23, their first such gathering since talks in Brunei over two years ago.
Last week’s three day visit to the UK by Premier Li Keqiang demonstrated a further deepening of relations between both countries. This was perhaps best symbolised by the Queen inviting the Chinese Prime Minister to tea at Windsor Castle, an honour rarely bestowed on foreign dignitaries who are not head of state.
Due to unforeseen circumstances involving some of the panellists for the event on ‘The Future of EU-ASEAN Relations’ scheduled for tomorrow, 23 July, we regret that we have to cancel the event.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.