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Indonesia's losing presidential candidate to challenge result, says lawyer

Indonesia's losing presidential candidate to challenge result, says lawyer

Updated 23 July 2014, 15:16 AEST

The head of the legal team for Indonesia's losing presidential candidate has announced the election result will be challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Joko Widodo was formally declared the winner of the closely fought July 9 presidential election on Tuesday.

His rival, Prabowo Subianto, says there was large-scale cheating and has accused the country's election commission of not properly investigating the allegations.

Indonesia's Constitutional Court would hear the appeal acting in its capacity as a court of disputed returns.

Indonesian law specialist Professor Tim Lindsey says such appeals are a normal part of Indonesia's democratic process, should not be seen as a crisis.

Correspondent: Karon Snowdon

Speakers: Professor Tim Lindsey, Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne.

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