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Widodo's party claims victory in Indonesia presidential poll

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo’s political party on Wednesday claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, as several unofficial tallies indicated he was leading over rival candidate Prabowo Subianto.

JAKARTA: Jakarta governor Joko Widodo’s political party on Wednesday claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, as several unofficial tallies indicated he was leading over rival candidate Prabowo Subianto.

"The pair of Jokowi and Jusuf Kalla ... has been declared as the winner of the Republic of Indonesia for 2014 based on a quick count," said Megawati Sukarnoputri, the head of the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P).

A quick count of votes by several pollsters on Wednesday in Indonesia’s presidential election showed Widodo was ahead of Prabowo.

According to independent media group Kompas, Widodo had garnered 54 per cent of votes, while ex-general Prabowo had 46 per cent of votes.

Separately, SMRC said Widodo was leading by six points, with 70 per cent of the vote.

Meanwhile, AFP said a series of "unofficial tallies from polling agencies" showed Widodo leading with 53 per cent of the vote, as compared to Prabowo's 47 per cent.

The winner of this poll will be Indonesia's second directly-elected president after Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who steps down this year.

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