Tear gas fired at protesters ahead of court verdict on election
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:04
Indonesian police fire tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters outside the country's top court in Jakarta, as judges deliver their verdict into last month's disputed presidential election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters outside the country's top court in Jakarta on Thursday (August 21), as judges started delivering their verdict into last month's disputed presidential election.
Losing candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked the Constitutional Court to overturn the election result, saying the vote in the world's third largest democracy was tainted by mass fraud.
The country's highest court is widely expected to uphold Joko Widodo's victory from the ballot last month. The verdict cannot be appealed.
Thousands of Prabowo supporters protested near the court on Thursday. Police briefly fired tear gas and water canons to disperse protesters trying to break through security barriers shortly after the court started session.
Witnesses said protesters rammed four trucks into the barriers, sparking the police response. A number of people were injured.
Around 50,000 police and military personnel are on standby around the capital city in case of more violence, authorities said. Some businesses and schools closed early as a precaution. Political rallies in Jakarta have remained peaceful since the hearing began two weeks ago.
On Thursday at around 2:30 p.m. (0730 GMT), judges started reading through their findings - estimated to be hundreds of pages long - and it could take hours before a final verdict is announced.
The case is widely seen as a face-saving gesture and has been a common course of action in previous elections. The court has never overturned the result of a presidential election.
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