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Sunday 20 August 2017

Legal bid over Indonesian election

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo, left, delivers his victory speech as vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla listens on in Jakarta (AP)
Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo, left, delivers his victory speech as vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla listens on in Jakarta (AP)

A campaign team spokesman for the losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election says they are preparing a legal challenge to be filed in the country's highest court.

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo was declared the winner after getting 53% of the popular vote in the July 9 election.

Former general Prabowo Subianto withdrew shortly before the result was announced on yesterday, alleging fraud in the vote.

Campaign spokesman Tantowi Yahya told foreign reporters today that Mr Subianto is contesting the voting procedure and his lawyers are preparing to file paperwork with the Constitutional Court.

Such a move may prolong the political uncertainty in Indonesia's transition to democracy.

Press Association

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