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Both Candidates Claim Victory After Indonesia Vote

  • An election official holds up a ballot paper during the counting of votes cast in the country's presidential election, in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, July 9, 2014.
  • A man take a rest near ballot boxes at Bendungan Hilir in Jakarta, July 10, 2014.
  • Supporters of Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo celebrate during an official vote count for the country's presidential election in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, July 9, 2014.
  • Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto cheer after he declared victory in the country's presidential election in Jakarta, July 9, 2014.
  • Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto talks to journalists after casting his ballot at a polling station in Bogor, Indonesia, July 9, 2014.
  • Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo, popularly known as "Jokowi," and his wife Iriana, show their inked fingers after casting their ballots during the presidential election in Jakarta, July 9, 2014.
  • Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto shout slogans in Jakarta, July 9, 2014.
  • Villagers line up to vote in the country's presidential election at Bojong Koneng polling station in Bogor, Indonesia, July 9, 2014.
  • A poster with images of Indonesian presidential candidates with their running mates is displayed at a polling station in the presidential election in Bali, Indonesia, July 9, 2014.
  • A woman poses with her baby after casting her ballot in Indonesia's presidential election in Brambang Darussalam, Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia, July 9, 2014.
VOA News

Both candidates are claiming victory after Wednesday's presidential election in Indonesia.

Unofficial results from the poll indicate that Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo leads by five percentage points over ex-army General Prabowo Subianto.

Widodo, also known as Jokowi, held a news conference declaring himself the winner. A short time later, Subianto announced at a political rally that his campaign surveys indicate he won.

Subianto is a wealthy former general and the ex-son-in-law of Indonesia's late dictator Suharto. Widodo is an ex-furniture entrepreneur.

In Washington, the White House congratulated the Indonesian people on completing what it called "their historic presidential election." It said President Barack Obama looks forward to continued close ties with the new leader of Indonesia.

The official outcome of the election is not expected to be known for two weeks.

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