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Widodo court victory ends Indonesia’s most-divisive election

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Jakarta governor Joko Widodo will become Indonesia’s next president after a court rejected his challenger’s allegations of fraud, ending the most divisive leadership contest since the country’s return to democracy. 

The constitutional court upheld Mr Widodo's 8.4-million-vote victory over Suharto-era general Prabowo Subianto in last month's election, finding in a 4,300-page verdict delivered yesterday that there was no evidence to support claims of structured, massive and systematic fraud. While the verdict was being read, police had to fire tear gas to keep Mr Prabowo's supporters away from the courthouse.

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo (L) accompanied by his vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla speaks to journalists during a press conference at his residence in Jakarta Aug 21. Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected a challenge brought by defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto in last month's presidential election. The Electoral Commission declared Jakarta governor Widodo as the winner of the July 9 election, with 53.1% of the vote to 46.9%. (EPA photo)

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