Indonesia Presidential Race too Close to Call

  • VOA News

    July 07, 2014 08:11

    Indonesia's upcoming presidential election is too close to call, according to regional analysts.

    Some pollsters give Jakarta governor Joko Widodo a slight edge over former military general Prabowo Subianto in Wednesday's vote, but nothing is certain they say. Polls indicate 10 percent of the voters are still undecided and their choice will likely decide the fate of this election.

    Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (right) speaks during a televised debate with his opponent Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa (left) in Jakarta on July 5, 2014. /Reuters

    Having performed well in televised debates, Prabowo's personality and constant campaigning appear to have given him good traction, but Joko had his best debate performance Saturday during the final debate.

    Prabowo has made stamping out government corruption a focal point of his candidacy, and despite allegations of corruption, he appears to have gained the upper hand on that issue.

    Many business leaders though remain unconvinced, warning they will leave Indonesia if Prabowo wins the election for fear of corruption.

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