Saturday, May 23, 2015Saturday, May 23, 2015

Indonesia polls: Likely loser Prabowo tries to delay result

Published on Jul 22, 2014 1:26 PM
Indonesian candidate Prabowo Subianto (centre) walks with his team after a meeting in Jakarta on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - The likely loser in Indonesia's presidential race made a last-gasp attempt to delay the announcement of the official election results on Tuesday, expected to declare Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the nation's next leader.

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

Prabowo has refused to concede defeat, demanding the result be delayed by two weeks to investigate allegations of mass cheating. He is expected to challenge the vote in the Constitutional Court, though experts say such an appeal is unlikely to succeed.

"All we are asking for is time to study (the allegations). I think we are being reasonable," Prabowo's aide and younger brother, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, told Reuters.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!