Police say 7 died in Indonesia election rioting

Fire crackers explode near supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto during clashes with the police in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Supporters of the losing presidential candidate take cover with police shields as fireworks explode during clashes with police Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after a number of people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Supporters of the losing presidential candidate use fireworks toward police Wednesday, May 22, 2019. in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after a number of people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Supporters of the losing presidential candidate throw rocks towards police Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after a number of people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Supporters of the losing presidential candidate walk under a giant Indonesia national flag in Jakarta, Indonesia. Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after a number of people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Supporters of the losing presidential candidate take cover with police shields as fireworks explode during clashes with police Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after a number of people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Police officers fire warning shots to disperse supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto during a clash in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after a number of people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Supporters of the losing presidential candidate stand near a fire during clashes with police in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after a number of people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Seven people have died in election violence in the Indonesian capital, police said Thursday, as calm returned to the city and the losing presidential candidate prepared to challenge the result in court.

The apparently orchestrated chaos that turned central Jakarta into a battleground started Tuesday night during peaceful protests over official results that confirmed President Joko Widodo had won the April 17 election, securing him a second term.

National police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said several hundred have been arrested and seven deaths were confirmed. Police, who responded to the rioting with water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas, deny using live ammunition.

The defeated candidate, former General Prabowo Subianto, who also lost to Widodo in 2014, has refused to accept the result and instead declared himself the winner.

Subianto and his campaign have alleged massive election fraud but not provided any credible evidence. They didn't file a Constitutional Court challenge to the election result on Thursday as planned but have until Friday to do so.

The election supervisory agency earlier this week rejected Subianto's complaint about the election's integrity after the only evidence of fraud provided by his team was links to online articles.

The rioting in Jakarta was planned and not spontaneous and many of the several hundred arrested came from outside Jakarta, according to police.

Officers found an ambulance filled with stones and other weapons. Some of those arrested had envelopes containing 250,000-500,000 rupiah ($17-$34), said Jakarta police chief Argo Yuwono. The minimum wage in Jakarta is about $9 a day.

The government has deployed about 50,000 police and soldiers in Jakarta. Many residents have left the city and parts of the downtown are closed to traffic, with the election supervisory agency and Election Commission barricaded with razor wire.

Must Read

China ratifies Paris climate deal ahead of G-20...

Sep 3, 2016

China announced on Saturday that it would formally enter the emissions-cutting agreement reached...

Britain's May seeks out new trading relations...

Sep 4, 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she intends to seize new trading opportunities for a...

Asian stocks drift as Fed rate outlook eases on...

Sep 7, 2016

Asian stocks meandered Wednesday after a weak report on U.S. service companies reinforced...

Tesla's Autopilot system under scrutiny in fatal...

Sep 15, 2016

Tesla faces new scrutiny in China about its vehicle Autopilot system after state television...

China launches second space station, Tiangong 2

Sep 15, 2016

China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its...