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Prabowo says Indonesia is like North Korea in speech to challenge poll results

Published on Aug 6, 2014 1:54 PM
Indonesia's losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto waves as he leaves the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on Aug 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (AFP) - Ex-general Prabowo Subianto angrily compared Indonesia to a "totalitarian country like North Korea" at the start of a legal challenge on Wednesday to the results of the country's presidential election, as hundreds of flag-waving supporters staged a rally.

In a fiery speech at the Constitutional Court, Prabowo also lashed out at the "dishonesty and injustice" of the poll in the world's third-biggest democracy, which he lost to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo.

Widodo, a former furniture exporter known by his nickname Jokowi, won legions of fans with his down-to-earth style as Jakarta governor and is the country's first leader from outside the political and military elites.

Prabowo, a controversial former military figure with roots in the era of dictator Suharto, also declared victory at the July 9 presidential election, but official results two weeks later confirmed Widodo won a decisive victory.

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