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Joko Widodo's last chance to fulfill his promises to Indonesia

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17.04.2019

Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, has done it again. If the numbers from preliminary vote counts are correct, he has won the 2019 Indonesian presidential election.

To be honest, Jokowi's victory is not a surprise. All of the surveys conducted before the election predicted him as the winner. But, since Donald Trump's win in 2017, we have learned not to underestimate the power of undecided voters.

Read more: Indonesia elections: Personality, religion and politics

The 2019 Indonesian election could have gone either way, and both campaigns were fully aware of this. During his last few days of campaigning, Jokowi did everything he could in order to convince undecided voters.

Vidi Legowo-Zipperer heads DW's Indonesian service

For example, before the final presidential debate, Jokowi embraced his rock star image, fronting a massive crowd of red and white-clad supporters at the biggest stadium in Indonesia. The performance reminded Indonesians of Jokowi's charisma, something which helped him into office in 2014.

During the 2014 campaign, Jokowi was strongly backed by millennial voters and was called the "Indonesian Barack Obama." He was seen as a representative........

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