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Indonesia's Jokowi tightens grip on presidential race

Published on May 13, 2014 8:38 PM
Jakarta governor and presidential candidate Joko Widodo looks on during PDIP party campaign in Jakarta on March 16, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's front-runner for July's presidential election received a significant boost to his chances of becoming leader of the world's third-biggest democracy on Tuesday after securing support from the country's number two political party.

Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is already well ahead in opinion polls to win on July 9 and has the backing of two other parties.

"This is a step toward a coalition," business tycoon and head of the Golkar party Aburizal Bakrie told reporters at a local market in the capital where the two leaders met.

"Later, of course, if we can form a coalition, we will support Mr Jokowi to become president," he said.

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