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Prabowo leads in the counting of unofficial presidential votes

Prabowo leads in the counting of unofficial presidential votes

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto gestures after casting his ballot to vote in the country's presidential and legislative elections at a polling station in Bogor on February 14, 2024. Indonesians began voting to choose a new president on February 14 with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto emerging as the front-runner. It leads the largest economy in Southeast Asia despite concerns about its human rights record.

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Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, a former army general, appears to enjoy an unofficial early lead in the race to become the country's next president, “quick counts” and exit polls show as voting closes.

Prabowo appears to have won a simple majority of votes cast in Wednesday's election in the world's third-largest democracy, according to two independent early counts based on a sample of votes made available just hours after polls closed on Wednesday.