SINGAPORE, April 10 Indonesian shares fell 3
percent on Thursday after the main opposition party failed to
win enough votes in parliamentary elections to nominate hugely
popular Jakarta governor Joko Widodo for the presidency without
the help of other parties.
The Jakarta stock exchange sharply underperformed
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
, which was 0.3 percent higher.
The prospect of a Jokowi presidency has helped lift the
Indonesian currency and shares, but early counting after
Wednesday's parliamentary vote suggested that his Indonesian
Democratic Party-Struggle will have to cut a deal with other
parties to get him there in a July poll.
(Reporting by Eveline Danubrata; Editing by Paul Tait)