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PDI-P emerges as clear leader in Indonesia's legislative election

Published on Apr 9, 2014 9:43 PM
 
Jakarta governor and PDI-P presidential candidate Joko Widodo points to the lead PDI-P holds after a quick count of polls during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. After a decade in opposition, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) emerged as the clear leader in the nation's general election on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, scoring approximately 19 per cent of the vote share, according to a quick count of 90 per cent of the votes. -- PHOTO: KEVIN LIM CP

After a decade in opposition, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) emerged as the clear leader in the nation's general election on Wednesday, scoring approximately 19 per cent of the vote share, according to a quick count of 90 per cent of the votes.

The showing will give former president Megawati Sukarnoputri's party a freer hand in nominating a running mate for its presidential candidate Joko Widodo for the July 9 presidential election.

"God be praised, PDI-P has been given the trust with the first in ranking," said Mr Joko at a press conference after 50 per cent of the votes had been counted in an unofficial tally known as quick count.

At 5pm local time, Golkar chief Aburizal Bakrie congratulated PDI-P as the winner of the legislative election, based on results when 70 per cent of the vote had been counted.

 
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