KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 (KUNA) -- Indonesian authorities on Thursday warned against street protests after unofficial results of the presidential elections on Wednesday, while official results will be released in May.
Most Indonesian opinion polls released their unofficial results, which showed President Goku Widodo's second and final term with 55 percent to 45 percent for his rival, former special forces commander of Prabowo Subianto.
The elections were conducted smoothly and safely and will not be disrupted by the demonstrations, national police chief Tito Carnavian told a news briefing, warning at the same time that anyone who carries out illegal and unconstitutional acts that threaten the stability and security of the country would be arrested.
'We will take firm action against them and we will not tolerate it,' Carnavian said while urging all citizens not to go out on the streets to hold mass demonstrations, whether to celebrate victory or to express dissatisfaction.
Although Widodo has advanced in most of the results of the polls, he stopped his announcement of winning the election, saying: "You have seen the results of the polls but we have to wait for the official results to be announced by the General Election Commission." (end).