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Opposing camps in Indonesia presidential poll sign peace declaration

Dozens of supporters of Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo gathered to sign a peace declaration, ahead of the announcement of the result of the tightly-contested election.

JAKARTA: Dozens of supporters of Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo gathered to sign a peace declaration, ahead of the announcement of the result of the tightly-contested election.

It was overseen by both the police and military, working together to maintain security.

Sutarman, Indonesia’s national police chief, said: "I hope this peace declaration can spur similar declarations at the district level. I have instructed my regional police chiefs to organise a similar declaration in their respective jurisdiction because this declaration is only the start of true peace for everyone."

Widodo had called on his supporters nationwide to refrain from parading in the streets or wearing any political colours when the official announcement is made. The official poll result must be announced by Tuesday.

Meantime, outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hosted a dinner at the presidential palace to meet the two candidates along with heads of government institutions and ministries.

Yudhoyono said: "Our nation's unity and brotherhood is very important. There is a high price to pay if a country becomes divided. When a nation is divided, it is not easy to reunite it."

Media reports have indicated Widodo is leading with more than 53 per cent of the vote - ahead of Prabowo with 46 per cent.

On Saturday, re-votes were held at 16 polling stations on the recommendation of the Election Supervisory Body following reports of election violations.

Despite the re-vote, the deputy chairman of the Gerindra party said Prabowo will not accept the official election results expected to be announced on Tuesday. 

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