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Indonesia local elections sound warning for Widodo

President under pressure to apply more populist policies

Regional elections hint at a tough fight for Joko Widodo in next year's presidential elections.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Unofficial results from Indonesia's regional elections hint at waning support for President Joko Widodo, raising the prospect that he may implement more populist policies to rustle up votes in next year's presidential election.

Regional elections in the world's third largest democracy and biggest Muslim-majority country gauges support for presidential candidates given that local leaders are best-placed to mobilize voters. So far, exit polls are giving Widodo a headache ahead of the announcement of final results by July 9.

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