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Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:33

Indonesia's Prabowo to challenge poll result in court

By Reuters

 Indonesia's Prabowo to challenge poll result in court
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto delivers his statement prior to the election count announcement in Jakarta on July 22, 2014. (Photo / AFP)

JAKARTA - The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in the Constitutional Court, his team's chief lawyer said on Wednesday.

The Elections Commission, known as KPU, said the Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had won by just over six percentage points, with 53.15 percent of the nearly 130 million votes cast on July 9.

The Prabowo team says there was large-scale cheating and accused the commission of not properly investigating the allegations.

"We have decided to bring this case to the Constitutional Court (within three days)," the head of Prabowo's legal team, Mahendradatta, told reporters.

It was the closest and most bitterly fought election in Indonesia's history.

"This victory is a victory for all the people of Indonesia," president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told hundreds of supporters gathered at a port on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, chosen to emphasize his commitment to Indonesia's maritime potential.

 Indonesia's Prabowo to challenge poll result in court
Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Jusuf Kalla gesture to the media after delivering their victory speech on a traditional phinisi ship, at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 22, 2014. (Photo / AP)
He and his vice president-elect, Jusuf Kalla, arrived by speed boat.

"With humility, we ask the people...to go back to a united Indonesia," he added.

In an interview with Reuters before the result was announced, Jokowi promised to simplify life for investors by beefing up the country's threadbare infrastructure, unravel near impenetrable regulations and sack ministers if they were not up to the job.

Stocks rose nearly 1 percent in early trading on Wednesday following the Jokowi win.

There have been no reports of major unrest since the election. Hundreds of thousands of police and military personnel are on heightened alert across the vast archipelago, home to the world's biggest Muslim population.

 
 
 
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