Indonesian court nixes claims by 2 losing presidential candidates

Justices in Indonesia have dismissed allegations of irregularities in February's presidential election made by the two losing candidates. The 5-3 decision by the Constitutional Court validates Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto's victory.

The camps of Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo both filed cases with the court last month.

One of their claims was that outgoing President Joko Widodo meddled with the court by having it create a loophole so Prabowo could pick Gibran Rakabuming Raka as his running mate. Vice-presidential candidates must be at least 40, but the court ruled that Gibran, a son of Joko, should get a pass aged 36 because he held regional office.
The court was headed by Joko's brother-in-law at that time. It said on Monday it found no convincing evidence of electoral intervention by Joko.

Ganjar said after the ruling he accepts the court's decision. He added he hopes Indonesia's problems will be resolved soon under the new leadership.

The ruling paves the way for Prabowo to take office in October. He is expected to continue Joko's policies, including relocating the capital.