Morrison congratulates Joko Widodo

Morrison congratulates Joko Widodo


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called Indonesian President Joko Widodo to congratulate him on the recent elections, despite final results not being expected for another two weeks. An Indonesian government statement, released on Sunday, said Mr Widodo had received congratulations from Mr Morrison for a "peaceful and democratic" federal election.

"The two leaders also agreed to continue to improve cooperation and good relations between two close neighbouring countries," the statement, translated from Indonesian, continued. On the same day, in a separate statement, Mr Widodo  announced that he had also received congratulations from British Prime Minister Theresa May, as the "two leaders agreed to continue to enhance cooperation".

Counting is still ongoing following last month's massive elections, which saw more than 190 million people eligible to cast their votes for a record 245,000 candidates. In the days after the 17 April election, polling predicted that Mr Widodo would be re-elected over his nearest rival ex-general Prabowo Subianto, giving the current president a lead of 54 per cent to Mr Subianto's 45 per cent. After the election both leaders have claimed victory and that has led to a confusion about the future ruler of Indonesia.