Metalhead Wins Presidential Election in Indonesia

Joko Widodo, an avid fan of Megadeth, Metallica and Napalm Death, elected president with 53.15% of votes.

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Jakarta governor and an avid metal fan Joko Widodo has officially been elected president of Indonesia after receiving 53.15% of the votes.

A metalhead since early teens, the president had publicly demonstrated his love of guitar-heavy vibe on multiple occasions, singling out Metallica, Megadeth and Napalm Death among personal favorites.

As BBC reports, Mr. Widodo triumphed over ex-general Prabowo Subianto, who received 46.85%. Subianto is claiming that a massive electoral fraud is at hand, vowing to challenge the result.

As for Joko, the new president is promising a decisive break with Indonesia's authoritarian past and better social welfare for the poor.

With Indonesia being the country with the world's largest Muslim population, showing tendencies towards cultural conservatism, Widodo's victory does come as a bit of a surprise.

Back to his metal reputation, Widodo once owned a signed bass from Metallica's Robert Trujillo, but had to give it up since the gift was regarded as bribe. Furthermore, the new president also insists that local bands deserve as much support as heavy music in general, singling out Burgerkill, Godless Symptoms and Jasad as top Indonesian groups.

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    connorb13
    Lets hope if he does a bad job, people don't blame it on his music taste. Judgmental Neanderthals.
    CymroPalch
    *Let's Hilarious, you're English yet lack basic knowledge of the language.
    mp8andrade
    Hilarious, you understood everything he said and you're still bitching out.
    CymroPalch
    You just don't understand, do you?
    connorb13
    Are you saying that throughout the whole of your life you've spelt and punctuated every single sentence you've ever written correctly in your home language. Even if you have, nobody would give a dam. This is because they're more important things to life then worrying about these little things, in my case I have a family to feed and look after which seams way higher on my list of priorities then spell checking every single sentence to make sure its correct for you because its my home language. Some people have difficulties learning, now deal with it.
    pjn7000
    "I have a family to feed and look after which seams way higher on my list of priorities" I see what you did there
    connorb13
    Oh I apologize for struggling with English for the whole of my life and it being the only thing which is stopping me from my further education to get to uni and study. I didn't know it was bothering you.
    MaaZeus
    This is the internet, not a school test or an official document. Dont be a grammar nazi, nobody gives a rats ass about proper spelling anyway as long as the message is clear.
    travislausch
    Not that I think either side of this is right or wrong, but I have always hated that "IT'S THE INTERNET NOT A SCHOOL TEST" mentality. Practice makes perfect, and I consider any chance I get to use the written word as practice for when I actually do need to write a test or official document. I've known some people who left school, started using chatspeak, forgot how to write proper English, and fail college entrance exams or fail to get hired by potential employers and such. At the very least, just treat it as an opportunity to keep yourself from getting rusty at writing
    K33nbl4d3
    Making some atrocious attempt at self-righteous superiority over the lack of an apostrophe deserves - nay, demands - being told to shut up.
    travislausch
    K33nbl4d3, I definitely have to agree, though I explicitly mentioned not taking sides, just putting my opinion on the whole "grammar nazi" thing out there. I just kind of came in after the fact to comment on the "this is the internet, not a school test" bit, because I do feel that attitude stalls a lot of people, but I also don't think it's up to anyone but ourselves to work on our language skills. And if I ever do have a problem with the way someone spells something, it's usually a friendly heads-up rather than bludgeoning them over the head with it. I try not to be a grammar nazi. At worst, I'm a spelling commie
    br00talmetal10
    *your
    the_bi99man
    Hahahaha. Correcting someone who was already correct, with the wrong word. Priceless. "You're" was right, in that context, br00tal. If you don't know the difference yourself, don't try to correct other people.
    K33nbl4d3
    ---- The joke o.o Your head
    the_bi99man
    That was supposed to be a joke? My bad. Because it didn't look or sound or read anything like a joke. It read like someone trying to correct someone else's use of the word "you're". Many apologies.
    schecterhellraz
    You do understand that the apostrophe is for connecting two words as one or showing ownership, as in, you are goes to you're, or this is CymroPalch's stupid grammar post... So the point here is that his use of Lets is actually perfectly fine... Hilarious right?
    the_bi99man
    "Let's" is a contraction of "Let us", and it most definitely what was intended. So, no, "Lets" is not correct. At least not in that context.
    eatfresh1736
    Yeah, "lets" would not make sense. There is more than one reason for using an apostrophe.
    Chickendirt
    How do you know he is English? He might be Australian, or Kiwi, or Canadian, or American etc.
    Chickendirt
    How do you know he is English? He might be Australian, or Kiwi, or Canadian, or American etc.
    Crackheadrich
    Why does every Welsh person have such a chip on their shoulder that they think they have to do this petty sh*t?
    Mephaphil
    They don't, or you'd see 5 million comments a day from Welsh people like this, and you don't.
    Kanglar
    *I'm a douche Not too bad, but brush up on your English a bit and maybe your message will come out clearer next time.
    pjn7000
    Burgerkill is such a metal name.
    N7Crazy
    If they don't make a metal cover of Nugent's "I love my BBQ" during their career, I'll be disappointed.
    stiltsdajumz
    This is actually good. No really, this man is known for his good personality and his progressive poltical views. He's popular with the people and I think he will be a great leader of Indonesia.
    Hamburger89
    The english think metallica shouldn't be allowed to play. Indonesian muslims elect a metalhead. The brain drain is coming.
    N7Crazy
    Saying this solely because I'm sick of hearing about this misconception: The entire controversy with Glastonbury was forced sensationalism, there was really nothing behind it. It was the 2nd most attended show during the festival, and before it had begun there were far more prominent musicians that had spoken positively about Metallica playing Glasto, than sceptical/opposing voices.
    HitmanJenkins
    I think everyone here knows what went down and the potential motivations of getting Metallica off the bill. I just find it funny that a country that is predominantly Muslim (have you seen the shit some bands in those countries face?) elect a metalhead for president, whilst English folk, who are mostly non-religious, get pissy at a Metal band (not even a really heavy one at that) playing one of the biggest festivals in the world.
    JimDawson
    I just finished a really long youtube "conversation" with some Muslims. This is the justification I was given as to why homosexuals should all be executed: http://www.al-islam.org/greater-sins-vol... These people do exist, and I think it is in our best interests to learn more about them so more people can recognize that religion is the only justification for such extreme treatment of homosexuals. The gay thing is only one aspect of how dangerous Islam is. When do we start holding Islam itself accountable for these atrocities, instead of constantly excusing these things as the acts of "a few extremists"? I KNOW plenty of Muslims want this president executed.
    Nickpocalypse
    Im surprised the headline didn't read "Fan of Napalm Death Elected Indonesian President"
    TheLiberation
    Looking at recent UG headlines, especially the Greg Mackintosh and Animals as Leaders ones, I'm surprised the headline doesn't read "Metal made mandatory in Indonesia after new king takes over". Cause more catchy and would get more interest, that it has **** all to do with the content of the article doesn't matter.
    blingstar47
    Really surprising considering so much of Indonesia is pretty orthodox Muslim.
    travislausch
    But not really when you consider that Indonesia has been largely politically progressive, and there's actually sort of a secular attitude from the government (as in, they won't prosecute you for not being Muslim). Sure, they may not be as "freedom-loving" as 'MURRICA (though personally, I have to wonder how high America REALLY ranks in freedoms), but I'd rather live there than Laos or Myanmar...
    killaudio666
    For a second, I thought it was Obama.
    travislausch
    He does kind of bear a striking resemblance. All the more uncanny when you realize that Barack lived in Indonesia for a time.
    travislausch
    Now, I can see a lot of people getting optimistic about this guy being a METALHEAD PRESIDENT and all, but let's remember that Dmitri Medvedev, the former President and current Prime Minister of Russia who basically acted as Putin's pawn for a couple of years to legitimize Putin staying in some kind of power, was also a big fan of rock bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Pink Floyd. So I'd be a bit more cautiously optimistic. That being said, Indonesia has always been one of the more socially and politically progressive countries in the region, so I have no doubt he'll at least do his best to lead his people. And if he makes the arts, especially with regards to opening people up to hard rock music, a priority, then I can't really be too harsh on the guy.
    vladislaav
    good guy Jokowi.. he is like Asian version of Obama... but I hope he will do better than Obama..
    bradd101
    Metalhead president AND they make all the awesome Vintage Modified Squier stuff there? Good on you, Indonesia
    Dude475
    You forgot lamb of god
    Jaden Smith
    Oh silly, silly dude, silly Dude four hundred and seventy five. He speaks of the classics. Why mention such a silly Podunk-ish, fart-chicken band. On this day, we are ALL Indonesian!!!
    imspazzen
    Indonesia has a great brutal slam/tech death scene, so I gotta give him props for at least mentioning Jasad.
    kozmo4200
    His musical preference is completely irrelevant. Report something worth reading UG, oh wait that's impossible.
    svelle
    It's really not, because if people are truly fans of a band they, most of the time, identify with their lyircs. at least in megadeth's case the lyrics are fairly political...
    Baby Joel
    Not really. I'm a huge fan of Godspeed You! Black Emperor as well as Thee Silver Mt Zion (etc etc). Their lyrics are almost always anarchistic. I'm not an anarchist. I also like Electric Wizard but I've never done drugs. I also like Nas and WuTang but I've never been a gangter. Yeah people can relate to lyrics, but often times people don't.
    Baby Joel
    This is absolutely and positively revolutionary! Thank goodness we found out about such an important piece of information like this one! I hope he fills his cabinet with metalheads of other varieties, such as the stoners, the sludge, the doomgaze, etc. I'm sure he'll be a great president!
    Regression
    it actually is quite significant. i'm surprised you can't see why.
    Baby Joel
    Explain to me why it is
    Regression
    considering that many islamic nations have attempted to censor and ban metal within their borders, i'd say it's pretty significant that the president of the largest islamic nation in the world is a fan of metal.
    Regression
    (before you correct me, i know indonesia is a secular state. i meant to say country with largest muslim population. still very significant when the majority of the country is muslim.)