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Indonesia's defeated presidential candidate challenges official election results

English.news.cn   2014-07-25 23:42:52

JAKARTA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Prabowo Subianto, the defeated candidate in Indonesia's closest ever presidential election, filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court (MK) to challenge the official election results here Friday.

The move is widely seen here to prolong the uncertainty in the country.

Spokesman for Prabowo's campaign team Tantowi Yahya said on a live local TV that attorneys for the former general had already filed a lawsuit to MK and appealed the court to abort the results of the election.

The General Elections Commission, locally called KPU, declared on Tuesday reform-minded Governor of the Indonesian capital Joko Widodo, locally called Jokowi, the winner in the July 9 presidential election with 53.15 percent of the 133 million votes.

The 63-year-old Prabowo, who had earlier claimed victory shortly after the polls based on unofficial quick counts, dramatically withdrew from the vote-counting process hours before KPU's announcement, claiming massive, structural and systematic fraud was found.

Previously Prabowo's lawyer disclosed that there were about 21 million votes from the 52,000 polling stations across the archipelago were in question.

Spokesman Tantowi said his team had sent part of the entire evidence to MK on Friday and the rest would follow. "Our evidence is very completed, very detailed," he said. "We are confident that the evidence could help approve our appeal."

However, Bambang Suryono, the president of the academic research organization of Nanyang ASEAN Foundation, told Xinhua that it is nearly impossible to swing the election results as Prabowo's rival Jokowi greatly led the poll by 8.4 million votes.

Bambang said though there were some minor irregularities, the election is generally fair and democratic.

"Prabowo's move is just a face-saving effort as the losing candidates did in the previous presidential elections," Bambang said.

The nine-judge panel of the Constitutional Court, which has been tainted by corruption, will decide whether to accept Prabowo' s appeal. If it does, the judges would hear the case and must hand down a verdict before August 21. The court's decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The new president is expected to take office on Oct. 20.

Editor: yan
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