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Both Candidates Claim Victory After Indonesia Vote


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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