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Tight security in Jakarta ahead of court ruling on election fraud case

Published on Aug 21, 2014 12:52 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian court is expected to uphold Joko Widodo's victory in last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent after weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy.

Ahead of the Constitutional Court ruling on Thursday, hundreds of supporters of Prabowo Subianto, the ex-general who lost the election, were staging noisy rallies in Jakarta while police and soldiers were out in force around the capital.

"I believe that Prabowo is the true president," said Dalianto, a 57-year-old supporter at a rally in downtown Jakarta. "The election commission cheated in their count of the votes."

The court is set to hand down its ruling on Thursday afternoon after two weeks of hearings, with independent analysts expecting the nine-judge panel to reject Prabowo's challenge. The verdict cannot be appealed.

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