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Indonesia Elects Metalhead President Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo
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Did Indonesia just elect history’s first metalhead President?! Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, who has publicly declared his love for bands such as Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Lamb of God and even Napalm Death, received 53.13 percent of the vote in Indonesia’s 2014 Presidential election.

We first reported on the 53-year-old in May 2013 after Metallica sent the politician a bass guitar autographed by Rob Trujillo. However, Widodo was forced to give up his prized possession in a controversial decision after it was declared state property by the Corruption Eradication Commission.

On Aug. 25, Metallica performed in Indonesia, and guess who was in the crowd? Widodo wasn’t just enjoying the show, he was reportedly thrusting his fists in the air in the middle of a “sweat-soaked, headbanging crowd.” “I listen to loud metal songs, from Metallica to Led Zeppelin, to Napalm Death … because rock is my passion,” Widodo told Indonesian news outlet AFP before attending the Metallica show.

According to the BBC, Joko Widodo, who ran on a platform of “a decisive break with Indonesia’s authoritarian past and better social welfare for the poor,” won the Presidency after around 130 million votes were cast. However, Widodo’s opponent, ex-general Prabowo Subianto has claimed electoral fraud. During the vote-counting period, both candidates had raised concerns over irregularities, but Widodo’s margin of six percent has been called “decisive.”

Subianto has three days to file an official appeal with Indonesia’s constitutional court.

Congratulations to Joko Widodo and his Indonesian supporters!

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