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Prabowo Rejects Surveys to Claim Big Lead in Indonesia Election

  • Former general to win 62 percent of votes, internal poll shows
  • Most independent surveys show Jokowi leading by double digits
Prabowo Subianto, presidential candidate, greets supporters while being carried during a campaign rally in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, on March 29, 2019.
Prabowo Subianto, presidential candidate, greets supporters while being carried during a campaign rally in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, on March 29, 2019.Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s campaign team has dismissed most independent opinion polls showing incumbent Joko Widodo with a double digit lead, saying the former general is on course to win next week’s election by a wide margin.

Prabowo, as Subianto is commonly known, will secure 62 percent of the votes if elections were held today, his campaign team said in Jakarta on Monday, citing a survey of 1,440 respondents it carried out last week. That’s up from 45 percent in an internal poll last year, Sugiono, a member of the campaign team, told reporters.