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Prabowo insists he won, says his claim cannot be 'stepped on'

Published on Jul 9, 2014 9:48 PM
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (left) gives a salute as his vice presidential running mate Hatta Rajasa (right) and supporters gesture after Prabowo declared victory in Jakarta on July 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA - Indonesia's presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, who claims to have won Wednesday's election, said his rival Joko Widodo's declaration of victory was premature and he was prepared to press his own claim.

"Don't think we can be stepped on, don't think we cannot stand and uphold our laws," Mr Prabowo told supporters in a speech on Wednesday night after assuring them that he had won the tightly-contested race.

Quick counts tallied up by private polling agencies such as CSIS, Kompas and Saifulmujani - which took representative samples as votes were being counted in each ditrict - showed Mr Joko winning by a margin of around five percentage points.

The predictions by these non-partisan agencies, using the same method, had been accurate in the April parliamentary election.

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