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Indonesians to vote in presidential election

Voters in Indonesia are going to the polls on Wednesday to elect the country's new president.

They will choose the successor to outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has led the country for 10 years.

The 2 main contenders are Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto.

Joko pledges to improve social security and enjoys support from among the poor.

Prabowo promotes himself as a strong leader.

The latest opinion polls show the 2 candidates are neck and neck.

Voting will start at 7 AM local time in about 480,000 polling stations across the country.

Indonesia is the world's 4th largest country by population with 250 million people. It's also the largest economy in Southeast Asia.

The country is attracting attention as a production base and consumer market.

But poor infrastructure and weak domestic industries are seen as obstacles for further growth.

The 2 candidates have very different approaches to politics. All eyes are on which one will become the next leader.

Jul. 8, 2014 - Updated 21:12 UTC