Indonesia presidential candidate rejects election process

INDONESIAN presidential election candidate Prabowo Subianto has said he is withdrawing from the election process, alleging massive fraud.

The results of the hotly-contested poll are due in the next few hours.

Early projections have put Joko Widodo in the lead.

But Mr Subianto told reporters there was massive systemic fraud and vowed to challenge the results in court.

He added that his camp would not resort to violence.

Most "quick counts" after the 9 July election had placed Mr Widodo, the popular Jakarta governor, in the lead.

But his rival Mr Subianto, a former military general under Suharto, said earlier that other polls showed he had won.

The Election Commission has since been tallying votes. Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urged both parties to respect the result.

Security is tight for the announcement, with more than 250,000 police officers on duty across the nation.

There are fears the result could trigger violence between rival groups of supporters.

Both candidates have raised concerns about voting irregularities during the past two weeks, as ballots from nearly 500,000 polling stations have been tallied. - BBC News

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