Date
18 August 2017
Presidential candidate Joko Widodo and his wife flash victory signs with their inked fingers after voting in Jakarta on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
Presidential candidate Joko Widodo and his wife flash victory signs with their inked fingers after voting in Jakarta on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Widodo claims victory in Indonesia presidential election

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has claimed victory in a closely fought Indonesian presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Widodo said he won based on unofficial vote tallies by independent organizations that showed him with a lead of 3-6 percentage points.

But his rival Prabowo Subianto, a former army general during the rule of Suharto, said he wouldn’t concede as he disputed the unofficial count, the newspaper said. Pollsters used by his campaign indicated he most likely won by as much as 4 percentage points, according to his camp.

Official election results aren’t expected until after July 20, the report said.

“It’s very close and divisive race,” Yohanes Sulaiman, a lecturer at Indonesia Defense University, was quoted as saying. “I would’ve waited at least a few more hours until there was a definite count.”

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