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People cast their votes at a polling station during Indonesia’s general election in Yogyakarta on April 17, 2019. – Indonesia kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections on April 17, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. (Photo by Oka Hamied / AFP)

Across 17,000 islands, from the jungles of Borneo to the slums of Jakarta, millions of Indonesians voted Wednesday as polls drew to a close in one of the world’s biggest exercises in democracy.

Horses, elephants, motorbikes, boats and planes were pressed into service to get ballot boxes out across the vast archipelago.

More than 190 million voters were asked to choose between an incumbent president lauded for his infrastructure projects and a fiery nationalist with links to a brutal dictatorship.

The vote officially ended at 1:00 pm (0600 GMT) in Sumatra, although some of the 800,000 polling stations across the volcano-dotted nation remained…



Source: Guardian Newspaper

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