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Indonesians to vote in world's biggest single-day election

Updated : April 14, 2019 01:08 PM IST

Tens of millions of Indonesians will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections this week after campaigns focused on the economy, but with political Islam looming ever larger in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation. President Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman who launched his political career as a small-city mayor, is standing for re-election in a contest with ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in 2014.

Most opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead but the opposition has disputed survey findings. It has also said it has uncovered data irregularities affecting millions on the electoral rolls and has vowed to take legal action or use "people power" if its complaints are not resolved.

Women wearing full-face veil gesture next to a banner of presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, as they attend a campaign rally in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
Women wearing full-face veil gesture next to a banner of presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, as they attend a campaign rally in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
Indonesia's incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (C-R) and his running mate for the upcoming election Ma'ruf Amin (C-L) gesture as they greet their supporters at a carnival during his campaign rally in Tangerang, Banten province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
Indonesia's incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (C-R) and his running mate for the upcoming election Ma'ruf Amin (C-L) gesture as they greet their supporters at a carnival during his campaign rally in Tangerang, Banten province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
Ballot boxes for upcoming Indonesia's general election are seen before they are distributed in Jakarta, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
Ballot boxes for upcoming Indonesia's general election are seen before they are distributed in Jakarta, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
A man takes selfie pictures with a cutout of Indonesia's presidential candidate for the upcoming election Prabowo Subianto during a campaign rally in Solo, Central Java Province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
A man takes selfie pictures with a cutout of Indonesia's presidential candidate for the upcoming election Prabowo Subianto during a campaign rally in Solo, Central Java Province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
Indonesia's president and presidential candidate for the next election Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana Widodo take selfie pictures with their supporters at a carnival during a campaign rally in Tangerang, Banten province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
Indonesia's president and presidential candidate for the next election Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana Widodo take selfie pictures with their supporters at a carnival during a campaign rally in Tangerang, Banten province, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files)
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