Indonesia opposition plans legal challenge of election results

Mobile police brigade officers outside the General Election Commission headquarters in Jakarta

Mobile police brigade officers outside the General Election Commission headquarters in Jakarta

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and first lady Iriana Joko Widodo show their ink-stained fingers after casting their ballots during elections in Jakarta April 17, 2019.

On Friday, the USA embassy in Jakarta issued a heightened security alert for Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim majority nation.

Heavily armed security stood guard outside the election commission in central Jakarta, some accompanied by police dogs.

Declaring victory, Widodo said he and his running mate, conservative cleric Ma'ruf Amin, "will be the president and vice president of all the people in Indonesia".

On Monday, an election supervisory agency dismissed claims of systematic cheating, citing a lack of evidence, and independent observers have said the poll was free and fair.

Prabowo Subianto has not yet confirmed if he intends to go to court, but his challenge to his 2014 defeat by Joko Widodo was rejected.

The formal result from the April 17 election was nearly the same as the preliminary "quick count" results drawn from a sample of polling stations on election day.

Extra police officers have been drafted in from across the country in anticipation of protests from opposition supporters.

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Widodo's campaign highlighted his progress in poverty reduction and improving Indonesia's inadequate infrastructure with new ports, toll roads, airports and mass rapid transit.

Subianto ran a fear-based campaign, emphasizing what he sees as Indonesia's weakness and the risk of exploitation by foreign powers or disintegration.

Widodo held off declaring victory after the unofficial results last month as Prabowo insisted he was the victor.

Subianto campaign official Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said a legal challenge to the results would be filed in the Constitutional Court within the mandatory three days.

"We won't give up in the face of this injustice, cheating, lies and these actions against democracy", Azis Subekti, a witness for Mr Prabowo's team, said.

Tensions have also been high since police said Friday that dozens of Islamic State-linked terror suspects have been arrested - including some who had allegedly planned to detonate bombs at political demonstrations after the election results announcement.

The President received more than 85 million of the total 154 million votes cast, about 17 million ahead of his rival.

A coalition of parties backing Widodo won more than half the votes in last month's national level legislative election, gaining control of parliament, the official results showed.

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