Indonesia's Prabowo to challenge election result in court
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:26
Indonesia's losing presidential election candidate, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, plans to challenge the result in the Constitutional Court. Sarah Toms reports.
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Indonesians awake to the news that they have a new president.
Jakarta governor Joko Widodo --known as Jokowi -- was declared the winner of the election on Tuesday. His common touch has won him huge support, gaining nearly 8.5 million votes.
He made a dramatic entrance ahead of his victory speech.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIA PRESIDENT-ELECT, JOKO WIDODO, SAYING:
"This victory is a victory for all the people of Indonesia."
But it's a victory that comes not without problems.
The losing candidate, former general Prabowo Subianto refused to conceed defeat.
As Jokowi's victory looked increasingly certain, Probowo claimed widespread cheating and accused the elections commission of not investigating the allegations properly.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIA PRESIDENT CANDIDATE PRABOWO SUBIANTO SAYING:
"We are president and vice president candidates, Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa. As the bearer of the mandate of the people, according to the regulations we will use our constitutional rights, we are rejecting the implementation of 2014 Presidential Election."
On Wednesday, Probowo announced plans to challenge the result.
The challenge has been widely expected. But many analysts believe it would be near impossible for Prabowo to overturn the result of the election, which is seen as among the cleanest in the country's history.
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