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Hours after voting ends, Indonesian presidential candidate declares victory

Based on a quick count hours after voting ended, Indonesian presidential contender Joko "Jokowi" Widodo claimed victory over his opponent, Prabowo Subianto.
By JC Finley   |   July 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM   |   Comments

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JAKARTA, July 10 (UPI) -- Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has claimed victory hours after voting ended and before the official election results have been announced.

His opponent, Prabowo Subianto, has asked Widodo to wait for the official results.

An unofficial preliminary tally on Wednesday showed Widodo slightly ahead of Prabowo.

"Today, Indonesia's new son has been chosen by the people," Widodo, governor of Jakarta, declared. "We begin a new phase in our history and we start a new beginning of Indonesia."

Although the final tally isn't yet available, quick count polls in Indonesia tend to be accurate within a 1-2 percent margin of error.

Prabowo urged patience, telling his supporters to "allow KPU (Indonesia's election commission) to work and decide the victory."

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