Anies Baswedan claims victory in Jakarta election: Social media reacts and predicts what might come next

Deputy House Speaker Fadli Zon (Left) taking a selfie with Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan (center). Photo: Fadli Zon / Twitter

The results are far from official, but with over 90% of the quick counts in and the incumbents, Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and Vice Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, trailing the challengers, Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno, at around 42% to 58%, it seems all but certain that the incumbents have been decisively defeated in Jakarta’s bitterly fought and highly divisive gubernatorial race.

Gerindra party chairman Prabowo took to TV at around 3:40 pm (less than three hours after the vote closed) to declare the challengers the winners and Anies and Sandiaga have already given their victory speeches.

House Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon called it even earlier:

Here’s how a few commenters, analysts and journalists are reacting to the news of Ahok’s loss:


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