Indonesia's General Election Commission (KPU) announced on Saturday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party won the general elections with 20.85 percent of the votes cast, tripling its share of the general vote from its results 5 years ago.
Golkar had 14.45 percent and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had 14.03 percent.
The results are a resounding validation of the Democratic Party’s administration, which had entered Indonesian politics just 5 years ago with just 7% of the vote in the general elections. Then, the Democratic Party teamed up with Golkar to contest the presidential election, and won.
This July, the political alliances have been redrawn, with Golkar splitting from the Democratic Party, and the current Vice-President Jusef Kalla placed to make his own presidential run.
Former president and opposition leader of the PDI-P, Megawati Sukarnoputri is also placed to make her presidential run, and is likely to be the strongest contender after Yudhoyono.
The commission said that 104,099,785 valid votes and 17,488,581 invalid votes had been cast.
Of the 34 parties that contested the elections, the 3 big parties took the lion’s share of the votes, with only a handful of other parties managing to gather more than 2.5% of the vote - the minimal threshold required to send representatives to Parliament.
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Voice of America, Indonesia's President Yudhoyono Wins Parliamentary Polls
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