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Both candidates claim victory for president

Both candidates claimed victory on Wednesday in Indonesia's presidential election, suggesting the possibility of conflict between the 2 camps over the official announcement of the result of vote counting.

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto are competing to succeed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who served 2 terms for a total of 10 years.

About 190-million people were registered to vote. They cast their ballots at some 480,000 polling stations across the country.

Several private research agencies held exit polls at some 2,000 polling stations.

Some exit polls show Joko in front by about 5 points, but others suggest Prabowo still has a narrow lead.

Joko told supporters that this is a victory of the Indonesian people and a new chapter for Indonesia.

Prabowo told reporters that he has received support and a mandate from the people of Indonesia.

The election committee is due to announce the official result late this month.

Jul. 9, 2014 - Updated 16:43 UTC