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Widodo rivals eye bandwagon

Anticipating a Widodo win, Golkar members consider switching sides

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JAKARTA — Indonesia's likely next leader Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may find a friendlier parliament to help push through a reform agenda in Southeast Asia's largest economy, as several members of the second-largest party consider joining his camp. 

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (right) shakes hands with Aburizal Bakrie, head of Golkar party, after a meeting with Islamic organizations in Jakarta Tuesday. Mr Balkrie is now facing an uprising by party members who are considering jumping ship to support Mr Prabowo’s rival Joko Widodo, who is leading in the polls. (AFP photo)

About 10 top officials from the Golkar party said at a Tuesday news briefing that it should drop support for Mr Jokowi's rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, and back Mr Jokowi if the Jakarta governor is declared winner of last week's disputed election.

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