Indonesia

Indonesia election: President Widodo set to win second term

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won the country's election.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife, Iriana, have their fingers marked after voting at a polling station, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Indonesians voted to re-elect incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the world's biggest single-day election for a new president and more than 20,000 legislative seats, ballot counts from 5 independent survey groups show, AP reports.

Details: Almost 193 million Indonesians were registered to vote in the polls, which ended at 1 pm local time. In a repeat of the 2014 presidential election, Widodo was taking on former Gen. Prabowo Subianto.

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Viral lies spread before Indian and Indonesian elections

A smartphone user in New Delhi. Photo: Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Swelling nationalism and religious tensions are coloring two of the world’s largest democratic exercises, in India and Indonesia, thanks in part to incendiary misinformation proliferating on social media.

The big picture: Both countries have among the largest populations of social media users on the planet, and cheap smartphones mean more people are being connected every day. The propaganda and fearmongering we’re seeing isn’t new, but powerful tools are spreading it farther and more rapidly than ever before.