Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo wins presidential election

Indonesia's election commission has announced that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto won the presidential election held last month.

Authorities released the results of the February 14 vote on Wednesday after more than a month of ballot-counting was completed.

The final tally showed that Prabowo won 96.21 million votes, or 58.6 percent of those cast.

Former Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan took 24.9 percent, while former Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo garnered 16.5 percent.

Prabowo is a former general who founded his own party in 2008. He ran in the presidential election in 2014 and 2019, but was defeated by incumbent President Joko Widodo.

The 72-year old had, however, been fostering ties with the outgoing president. Joko handpicked Prabowo as defense minister in an effort to strengthen his power base.

Prabowo in turn chose Joko's eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, as his running mate.

The president-elect pledged to continue Joko's policies, which include relocating the country's capital.

Meanwhile, his two opponents claim there were irregularities in both the election campaign and the vote results and have pledged to file a challenge to the election results.

Wednesday's announcement comes as some of their supporters have been taking to the streets in Jakarta to protest the election results on a daily basis.