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Muslim-majority Indonesia votes in its biggest-ever election

30 6 20
17.04.2019

INDONESIA kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections Wednesday, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation.

More than 190 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot as polls opened shortly after 7:00 am local time (2200 GMT Tuesday) in restive Papua. The vote is slated to end at 1:00 pm (0600 GMT) in Sumatra at the other end of the volcano-dotted archipelago.

Some voters went to their local mosque before casting ballots, as the daily call to prayer sounded across a nation that is nearly 90 percent Muslim.

Indonesia’s presidential candidates. Source: AFP

A record 245,000 candidates are running for public office, from the presidency and parliamentary seats to local positions — the first time all are being held on the same day.

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Opinion polls show Widodo, 57, is a clear favourite — but he faces a tough challenge from Subianto, 67, who has........

© Asian Correspondent