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Challenger Projected to Unseat Indonesian President by a Landslide - 2004-09-20

In Indonesia, unofficial returns project that former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has swept Monday's presidential election, defeating President Megawati Sukarnoputri with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Two polling organizations project a landslide victory for Mr. Yudhoyono, who ran on a platform of change to address such problems as security, economic stagnation and corruption.

Mohammad Husain, director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research, said his figures, based on returns from 13-hundred polling stations, should not vary much from official returns expected in two weeks.

"We are very confident that this figure will not change very significantly, meaning that it may change in terms of a decimal point, but it will not change, say one percent or two percent," he says.

President Megawati earlier urged citizens to respect the process. She said if the country remains aware, the vote tabulation can continue safely and peacefully. Observers say the balloting was mostly orderly.