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Indonesia court upholds Widodo's presidential victory

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 01:22

Indonesia's highest court unanimously upholds last month's presidential election result, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader of the world's third largest democracy. Sarah Toms reports.

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Tear gas and water cannon are fired into crowds of Indonesian protesters. Police in Jakarta were trying to disperse thousands of supporters of the losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto. It's a last ditch attempt to overturn the presidential election result, which Prabowo says was tainted by widespread cheating. These protesters rammed their trucks into the barriers trying to break into the constitutional court's headquarters. Inside the court nine judges read out their decision. As expected they unanimously upheld the result of last month's presidential election, dismissing Prabowo's claims of massive fraud. Probowo supporters aren't happy with the result but they say they'll respect the court's decision. The ruling paves the way for Joko Widodo to take over as Indonesia's new president. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) PRESIDENT-ELECT, JOKO WIDODO, SAYING: "The next step is to get things ready. We will meet with the current president to get to know the problems, so that we are more mature in preparation," With the legal hurdles overcome, president-elect Widodo will be able to start getting down to business and prepare for taking office on October 20th.

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Indonesia court upholds Widodo's presidential victory

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 01:22