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Indonesia Holds Parliamentary and Presidential Elections
In parliamentary elections on April 9, 2009, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party increased its share of the vote total from elections held in 2004. At the same time, support for Indonesia's Islamic parties fell to about 20% from 38%. The results were welcomed in the West as a sign that Indonesia was embracing moderate democracy rather than Islamic extremism. Yudhoyono won reelection in a landslide in July's presidential election.
Police launched a series of raids on suspected training camps of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Islamic terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda, in February and March 2010 in Aceh province. Fifteen terror suspects were arrested. Weeks later, police shot and killed Dulmatin, the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings.
Preliminary results indicated that the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle placed first in Parliamentary elections in April 2014, taking 19% of the vote. It was a disappointment, however, as the party had hoped to win between 25% and 30%. The poor showing will force the party to form a coalition in order to nominate its candidate, Jakarta mayor Joko Widodo, as president. A party or coalition must have 25% of the popular vote or 20% of the seats in Parliament to nominate its chosen candidate.
On July 22, 2014, Indonesia's election commission announced the official count of the early July presidential election: Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, the governor of Jakarta, won the election by more than 8 million votes. The losing candidate, former general Prabowo Subianto, cried fraud and contested the vote.