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‘Man of the people is an act’ says Subianto about Widodo – Indonesia elections – BBC News

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The Indonesian presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto, says will accept the result of this week’s election and return to private life if he’s defeated. The official result is not due until July 22 and both candidates are claiming victory based on unofficial tallies. In a BBC interview, Mr Prabowo – a former general – alleged that polling organisations giving his rival the lead were partisan and were trying to manipulate perceptions. Both sides have sent their supporters to monitor the vote count. The former governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, had a slight lead in the polls before the election. He portrayed himself as a man of the people and his rival as a bastion of the establishment.

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