07/23/2014, 00.00
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Defeated candidate set to appeal to Indonesia's Constitutional Court

Former general Prabowo Subianto is getting ready to challenge the results within three days. According to members of his staff, the vote was rigged in at least 5,000 polling stations. For analysts and experts, the vote will not be overturned because the gap between the two is too wide.

Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Prabowo Subianto, the defeated candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, said that he would challenge to vote "within 3 days" before the country's Constitutional Court.

The former general, who represents of the old guard, accused the Election Commission of deliberately ignoring fraud allegations in at least 5,000 polling stations.

Yesterday, the Commission declared the winner. Former Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, who is popular, especially among young people, won 53 per cent of the vote.

Analysts and experts believe that Subianto's appeal will peter out. The six percentage points separating the two candidates is too big and too decisive. Even if the Subianto camp could prove fraud in some areas, the result cannot be overturned.

Meanwhile, the country seems to be slowly getting back to normal after weeks of rising tensions.

Police and security forces, deployed in large numbers across the capital Jakarta to man strategic points until the proclamation of the new president, have pulled back.

Roads with the provinces have reopened.

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