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Jokowi wins Indonesian presidential election with 53%: Final tally

Published on Jul 22, 2014 7:39 PM
Jakarta governor Joko Widodo has won the Indonesian presidential election with 53 per cent of the vote against about 47 per cent for ex-general Prabowo Subianto, according to a tally of final results cited by local media on July 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA - Indonesia's Election Commission (KPU) is this evening set to declare Jakarta governor Joko Widodo as the winner of the July 9 presidential election, with 53.15 per cent of the vote to his rival Prabowo Subianto's 46.85 per cent. 

Mr Joko got 70.6 million votes, a clear 8.3 million more than Mr Prabowo's 62.3 million, according to official results that confirm what eight reputable polling agencies had projected hours after polls closed two weeks ago.   

Still, today's announcement - slated after 8PM Jakarta time (9PM Singapore time) - will not see closure yet to two weeks of uncertainty over the country's most fiercely contested direct presidential election.

Hours before the KPU concluded the national vote tally, an adamant Mr Prabowo called a press conference where he attacked the commission and said he was withdrawing from the count, calling the conduct of the process "legally defective". 

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