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Incumbent concedes defeat in Jakarta governor poll

Published on Sep 20, 2012 7:42 PM
Governor-elect Joko Widodo (centre, with microphone) gestures as he delivers his speech in a press conference in Jakarta on Sept 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Incumbent Fauzi Bowo conceded defeat in Thursday's run-off election for Jakarta, the chaotic Indonesian capital where the new governor's challenges will include tackling congestion and poor infrastructure.

Mr Bowo congratulated challenger Joko Widodo, after quick counts by polling agencies showed he had garnered more than half the vote.

The authoritative Indonesia Survey Institute gave Mr Widodo 53.81 per cent and Mr Bowo 46.19 per cent of the vote.

The count was taken at 400 of the 15,000 polling stations and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 per cent, the institute said.

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