Indonesia president declares election victory — but his rival does too

Indonesia president declares election victory — but his rival does too

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday declared victory in a presidential election to lead the world’s third-largest democracy but his challeng

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday declared victory in a presidential election to lead the world’s third-largest democracy but his challenger also claimed he had won and complained of widespread cheating.Unofficial results from private pollsters based on vote samples from Wednesday’s election pointed to a comfortable win for Widodo, with about 55 per cent of the popular vote, giving him a lead of almost 10 percentage points over his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto.READ MORE: How India runs the biggest election in the worldThe counts from reputable pollsters have proved to be accurate in previous elections, though the official result will not be announced until May 22.Widodo told reporters he had received congratulatory calls from 22 state leaders, including Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and he had invited his rival to meet.Widodo also urged supporters to wait for official results to confirm the win.WATCH: Indonesian president meets plane crash families as search carries into night

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