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Party of former President Sukarnoputri wins Indonesia elections

PDI-P won the biggest share of the vote

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Megawati Sukarnoputri Photo: AFP/DW news

Indonesia's biggest opposition party has narrowly won last month's legislative elections, but with a slender portion of votes. In a tight race, four parties won double-digit returns, but none took even 20 percent, reports Deutsche welle.

Indonesian officials raced against time Friday to finish counting votes from last month's legislative polls before a midnight deadline, as fears grew the announcement of the results may have to be delayed. The final results are expected to confirm earlier unofficial tallies showing the main opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) won the biggest share of the vote, but with less support than expected. 

Elections Commission Chairman Husni Kamil Manik announced on Friday that, as predicted, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle of former President Megawati Sukarnoputri had won. The PDI-P, as it is known in Indonesia, garnered nearly 19 percent of the vote in the April 9 election for the 560-seat House of Representatives. That gives momentum to Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, called by some the Indonesian Obama, whom Megawati had picked to run in the July 9 presidential election.

A party or coalition of parties must be able to boast 25 percent of the vote in order to nominate a presidential candidate, meaning the PDI-P will need support to push for Widodo's candidacy. A party executive with the National Democrat party, which won 6.7 percent of the vote, told Reuters on Friday that his bloc would ally with PDI-P as promised before the vote.
Four in double figures

Golkar, the ruling party during the Suharto dictatorship, took nearly 15 percent, followed by the Great Indonesia Movement Party, which pulled in almost 12 percent and hopes to send the former general Prabowo Subianto to the presidency in July. more...

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