Widodo could be next Indonesian president

07:59, Jul 09 2014

Unofficial quick-count results of Indonesia’s hotly contested presidential election showed Joko ‘‘Jokowi’’ Widodo ahead of his rival with more than 80 percent of the votes tallied. 

Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, was ahead by about 52 percent, while Prabowo Subianto had about 48 percent of the vote, according to most credible quick count surveys.  The early results are considered reliable and a good indicator of what the official count will show when all votes are tallied in about two weeks. 

‘‘At the time being, the quick counts show that Jokowi-Kalla is the winner,’’ Widodo told a news conference, also referring to his running mate, Jusuf Kalla.  

Subianto’s camp said it was still too early to call the race.  A one-time furniture maker who rose from humble beginnings and is seen as man of the people, Widodo was pitted against Subianto, a wealthy  ex-army general with close links to former dictator Suharto. 

The race is the third direct presidential election is the world’s most populous Muslim nation of 240 million that has struggled with corruption and poverty.

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AP