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Indonesia to declare winner of hotly contested presidential election

Published on Jul 22, 2014 6:55 AM
Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo smiles during a talk with his supporters at the Bisnis Indonesia newspaper office in Jakarta, on July 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesian election officials were expected on Tuesday to officially declare Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of a hotly contested presidential election in which his rival has alleged mass cheating.

Private tallies show Jokowi beat former special forces chief Prabowo Subianto by about five percentage points.

Prabowo has refused to concede defeat and is expected to challenge the result in the Constitutional Court, though experts say such an appeal is unlikely to succeed.

A spokesman for the Election Commission said the announcement would be made by 6pm.

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