Indonesia election: Deaths reported as protesters clash with police

Joko Widodo secures second term as Indonesia's president

Widodo declares victory in Indonesia election

Protests that started peacefully yesterday turned violent in the evening, forcing police to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Indonesia's Election Commission on Tuesday confirmed that Indonesian President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has been re-elected with 55.50% of the vote, defeating former army general Prabowo.

Indonesian protesters clash with riot police officers during a protest following the announcement of the presidential election results in Jakarta.

Thousands of police and soldiers are on high alert in the capital Jakarta, anticipating protests from supporters of Subianto.

KompasTV showed protesters throwing rocks, a paramilitary police dormitory on fire, and hundreds of riot police in a central neighborhood of the city.

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Six people have died and at least 200 have been injured in civil unrest in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, governor Anies Baswedan said after the election commission confirmed President Joko Widodo had won last month's vote.

The protests erupted after election results showed Mr Widodo had beaten his long-time rival Prabowo Subianto. Soon after, supporters of Widodo's challenger took to the streets.

Rudiantara, the communications and information technology minister, said social media including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp will be restricted on a temporary basis to prevent the spread of hoaxes and inflammatory content.

"The number of people dead was six", he said, adding hospitals were conducting post-mortems to determine the cause of death.

"The bottom line is the people who are protesting and rioting in the past 24 hours represent a small minority of Indonesian voters and a small minority of Indonesian Muslims", said Alexander Arifanto, an Indonesian politics expert at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

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Crowds swelled in central Jakarta on Wednesday morning and police said they expected more protesters to join them before nightfall.

"To avoid provocations, the spread of fake news through the community, we will limit access to certain features on social media", said Wiranto, who was once charged with crimes against humanity by the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor, but never tried.

In the past week, authorities have arrested three pro-Subianto activists on suspicion of treason, said Prasetyo, including a retired general and former commander of Indonesia's special forces.

The front of the elections commission office was barricaded with razor wire and protected by scores of security personnel Tuesday, after Subianto warned that mass demonstrations could break out if he lost. Indonesia and Muslim-majority Malaysia have both bucked regional trends, their democracies growing more resilient and entrenched at a time where other countries in Southeast Asia are slipping further into authoritarian, strongman rule and moving away from free and fair elections.

It was not immediately clear if Prabowo would mount a legal challenge to the official result.

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Indonesia's Joko Widodo has won a second term as president, election authorities have announced.

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