Date
22 August 2017
An official holds up a ballot paper during vote counting for the presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Bloomberg
An official holds up a ballot paper during vote counting for the presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Bloomberg

Indonesia girds for vote result in tense presidential race

Police in Indonesia are readying for possible street protests as the nation’s election commission counts the last votes in a presidential ballot that both runners claim to have won, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Former general Prabowo Subianto disputes unofficial tallies by survey companies that show Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, leading by as much as five percentage points in the election two weeks ago, the report said.

The official results in what is the closest election in more than a decade are expected Tuesday and outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned conditions could “boil” if the loser does not accept the decision, it said.

Indonesia needs to have a smooth transition of power to reassure investors of its continued economic and democratic progress. Finance Minister Chatib Basri has described the economy as fragile, and policy makers are struggling to rein in a widening current-account deficit.

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