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Indonesian Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto withdraws

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Last Updated: Jul 23, 2014

Indonesia is about to have a new President, after two terms of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono leading the country. Prabowo Subianto, one of the candidates, has pulled out of the election, citing large fraud happening behind the scenes.

The results of the election should be made available to the public in the next few hours, government officials have been tallying the results of over 500,000 polling stations in the country, with around 130 million votes cast since July 9.

Prabowo Subianto represents the same party ideas the previous President offered, while his rival Joko Widodo looks to be more of a grassroots leader. Both leaders have raised concerns about the election polls and fraud.

Subianto’s withdraw from the election appears to be half about fraud and half the fact all reports say Widodo has won. Subianto will look to challenge the result in court, all his earlier attempts have been denied by the government.

Both parties have said no violence will come from the result, the current President Yudhoyono said they must each respect the result and not look to create any controversy over the election, in order for the new President to get into office quickly.

The Indonesian police force is out in droves for the election, to make sure no riots or protests happen within the city center. The two leaders both have areas where they are very popular, and there is worry tensions might spiral out of control.

Subianto is the son-in-law to second President of Indonesia Suharto, under his rule Indonesia was built into a centralised and military controlled government, with reported human rights violations throughout his 31 year rule of the country.

This might have lead to less support for the Subianto regime, who might look to create a more militarised country, something we are sure the vast majority of Indonesia do not want to happen again.

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