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Outgoing president Yudhoyono asks Indonesians to 'safeguard' election process

Published on Jul 20, 2014 8:01 PM
 
Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (centre) gestures to presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto (right) prior to a prayer at the presidential palace in Jakarta on July 20, 2014. Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged Indonesians on Sunday to "safeguard the final chapter" of the country's presidential election, saying that the July 9 vote was democratic and peaceful. -- PHOTO: AFP 

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged Indonesians on Sunday to "safeguard the final chapter" of the country's presidential election, saying that the July 9 vote was democratic and peaceful.

Mr Yudhoyono made the comments at a meeting with presidential candidates Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and ex-general Prabowo Subianto. The former special forces chief indicated earlier on Sunday that he would not accept the official outcome of the hotly contested vote due to alleged cheating.

"I urge all the people of Indonesia to safeguard the final chapter of the election process," Mr Yudhoyono said.

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