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Indonesia’s Prabowo to challenge election result in court

By Jonathan Thatcher

Indonesia’s losing presidential election candidate, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, plans to challenge the result in the Constitutional Court, his team’s chief lawyer said on Wednesday.

The challenge had been widely expected, but many analysts believe it would be near impossible for Prabowo to overturn the result of the election, seen as among the cleanest in the country’s history.

The losers in the previous two presidential elections also went to the Court to raise objections, but to no avail.

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

He estimated there were about 21 million disrupted votes out of the total of around 130 million.

Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was declared the winner on Tuesday with 53.15 per cent of the vote. He won by nearly 8.5 million votes.

As the final vote count neared, and Jokowi’s victory looked increasingly certain, the Prabowo team raised charges of widespread cheating and accused the Elections Commission of not properly investigating the allegations.

Constitutional Court Secretary General, Janedjri Gaffar, told reporters on Tuesday that if the suit is filed by this weekend, the case would be heard from Aug.6. He expected a verdict by Aug. 21. The decision cannot be appealed.



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