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Published : 2014-08-06 21:08
Updated : 2014-08-06 21:08

JAKARTA (AFP) ― Indonesian ex-general Prabowo Subianto will kick off a last-ditch bid to overturn the results of the country’s closely-fought presidential election Wednesday when a court starts examining his complaints of widespread voting irregularities.

Joko Widodo was last month declared the winner of the race to lead the world’s third-biggest democracy against Prabowo, a controversial former military figure with deep roots in the era of dictator Suharto.

Widodo, a former furniture exporter known by his nickname Jokowi, won legions of fans with his down-to-earth style as Jakarta governor and is the country’s first leader from outside the political and military elites.

Prabowo also declared victory at the July 9 presidential election, leaving Indonesians waiting two weeks until the lengthy vote count across the archipelago was complete and official results confirmed Widodo’s victory.

But the ex-general has still refused to accept the results, claiming there was widespread fraud and irregularities during the vote count.

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