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Indonesian presidential vote counting starts

Vote counting is underway in Indonesia's presidential election.

Pre-election polls show a close race between 2 candidates: Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto.

They are competing to succeed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He has served 2 terms for a total of 10 years.

Voting started at 7AM on Wednesday at about 480,000 polling stations across the country.

Joko visited a polling station in the capital Jakarta, accompanied by his wife, and cast a ballot in front of reporters.
Prabowo cast his vote in Bogor Regency, his home area.

Joko was leading earlier, but now the race appears too close to call.

Joko is popular among the general public, while Prabowo emphasized that he would be a strong leader.

The election committee is due to announce the official results in about 2 weeks. Most of the unofficial results are expected to come soon from private research agencies based on surveys at vote counting stations.

Jul. 9, 2014 - Updated 10:08 UTC