Indonesia to name new president

July 22, 2014 - 10:55:28 am

JAKARTA: Indonesia is to name its new president, following a hotly-contested election that saw both candidates claim victory.

Most "quick counts" after the 9 July election placed Joko Widodo, the popular Jakarta governor, in the lead.

But his rival Prabowo Subianto, a former general under dictator Suharto, said other polls showed he had won.

The Election Commission has since been tallying votes. Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urged both parties to respect the result.

Security will be tight for the announcement, with more than 250,000 police officers on duty across the nation, according to the (BBC).

There are fears the result could trigger violence between rival groups of supporters.

Both candidates have raised concerns about voting irregularities during the past two weeks, as ballots from nearly 500,000 polling stations have been tallied. (QNA)