Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo won the support of the National Awakening Party, boosting his presidency bid by forming a coalition that captured more than a third of the vote in last month’s parliamentary election.
Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko Widodo’s party prevailed in official results of the nation’s April parliamentary elections, while falling short of the threshold needed for him to run without a coalition.
Egypt’s ruling party won the country’s parliamentary election by a landslide, eliminating its main Islamist rival ahead of next year’s presidential poll that may see the first leadership change in 30 years.
From his 33rd-floor penthouse apartment with sweeping views of the Nile River, Naguib Sawiris, Egypt’s best-known billionaire and most prominent Christian, can hear the chants of Friday prayers in the distance. As he sits down to a breakfast of taameya and ful, dishes made from fava beans, demonstrators are gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a planned protest, this time aimed at stopping military trials of thousands of civilians arrested during the revolution that brought down the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, the frontrunner for Indonesia’s presidency, secured the backing of the National Democratic Party to ensure he has enough support to stand as a candidate in July elections.