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Indonesia ruling party sides with presidential hopeful Prabowo: Media

Published on Jun 30, 2014 7:43 PM
 
Residents of Majalengka regency at a campaign rally by Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on 27 June 2014. Indonesia's ruling Democratic Party, said on Monday, June 30, 2014 it was backing presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto ahead of next week's election, the media said. -- ST PHOTO: ZUBAIDAH NAZEER

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's ruling Democratic Party, headed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said on Monday it was backing presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto ahead of next week's election, the media said.

The world's third-largest democracy is due to choose a new leader on July 9 in what recent polls show will be a tight race between former general Prabowo and Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. "The Democratic Party has decided and instructed its members to fully support and vote for Prabowo... in the coming presidential election," said Mr Syarief Hasan, head of the party's daily operations, as reported by the Kompas website.

Mr Hasan spoke at an event attended by senior party members, including Dr Yudhoyono's son Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono.

Support from the Democratic Party gives Mr Prabowo's coalition the majority of the total votes from April's nationwide parliamentary election, outweighing Mr Jokowi.

 
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