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Indonesian leader Yudhoyono urges presidential election loser to concede

Published on Jul 21, 2014 3:47 PM
Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) gestures to presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R) prior to a breaking of fast at the presidential palace in Jakarta on July 20, 2014.  Mr Joko is expected to be declared the winner of the recent  presidential election but many say his rival is is likely to mount a legal challenge to thr result, prolonging a political deadlock in the country. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's outgoing leader on Monday came within a whisker of telling retired general Prabowo Subianto to admit defeat so that the country's most bitterly fought leadership contest could be resolved.

Prabowo has almost certainly lost the July 9 election but on Sunday cried foul and demanded the Elections Commission investigate vote cheating before he would accept its result.

The Commission is due to announce the result on Monday or Tuesday.

"Admitting defeat is noble," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters in a clear reference to Prabowo.

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