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Both sides claim victory in tight Indonesia election race

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (centre) waves to supporters and the media as he arrives to vote at the village of Bojong Koneng in Bogor, West Java province, on July 9, 2014Both sides claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia’s tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Widodo, the first serious presidential contender without roots in the era of dictator Suharto, declared victory in the world’s third largest democracy after the tallies from reliable polling agencies showed him leading by four to five percentage points. Prabowo said survey institutes used by his campaign team showed that he and running mate Hatta Rajasa “have received the support and mandate from the people of Indonesia”.

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