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Quick count shows PDI-P leading in Indonesia's legislative polls

Published on Apr 9, 2014 5:39 PM
Jakarta Governor and PDI-P presidential candidate Joko Widodo is all smiles when asked about the lead maintained by his party in a quick count of polls. He was swarmed by reporters waiting outside his house in Jakarta on April 9,  2014. -- PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

WITH over 50 per cent of the votes counted, former president Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) is pulling ahead of its rivals in Indonesia's legislative elections on Wednesday.

Pollsters say PDI-P, the main opposition party which has named Jakarta govenor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as its presidential candidate, has won 19.08 per cent of the popular vote.

Trailing behind are Golkar, the former party of strongman Suharto, with 14.66 per cent, the Gerindra party of ex-general Prabowo Subianto, with 12.13 per cent, and Democratic Party, with 9.68 per cent, according to a quick count by Saiful Mujani-Lembaga Survei Indonesia.

This is a disappointing outcome for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party, which secured 20.9 per cent of the vote and 148 seats in the 2009 legislative elections.

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