The Guardian reports; Voting in Indonesia’s presidential election has finished with both sides claiming an early victory and a messy couple of weeks in the offing.
• Quick counts – sample polls counted to give an indication of the overall result – suggested that former Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the favourite going into the election, had triumphed. Jokowi told supporters that he had scored a victory.
• But opponent Prabowo Subianto refused to concede, instead claiming that he had topped the poll. He said he had won “in many, many areas”.
• Outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will meet with both sets of candidates Thursday evening. He appealed for calm while the wait for the official results goes on. There have been no reports of violence.
• The verified results are set to be released on 21-22 July, with the possiblility that legal challenges could delay the final verdict further. The new president should take up his post in October.