April 18, 2019 / 10:23 AM / a month ago

Indonesia President Joko Widodo declares victory in presidential race

FILE PHOTO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo and first lady Iriana Joko Widodo arrive to cast their ballots during elections in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 17, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/ via REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared victory on Thursday in the race to lead the world’s third-largest democracy, saying unofficial results showed his ticket had got 54 percent of the popular vote in Wednesday’s election.

Widodo ran with Islamic cleric Ma’ruf Amin against former military general Prabowo Subianto, who secured 45 percent of votes, according to unofficial “quick counts” of sample votes by private pollsters.

“We must wait for the official result. But 12 pollsters have given clear results... we convey that the Jokowi-Maruf ticket got 54.5 percent of the vote while Prabowo got 45.5 percent,” Widodo told a news conference in south Jakarta.

Prabowo has also claimed victory, citing internal polls as showing he won 62 percent of the vote.

The General Election Commission’s website put him at about 45 percent early on Thursday based on results from 808 of more than 800,000 polling stations.

Reporting by Maikel Jefriando and Gayatri Suroyo; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Neil Fullick

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