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NEWS UPDATES 10 May 2009

Democrat Party gets most votes in Indonesia elections

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Indonesia's General Election Commission (KPU) announced Saturday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party won the April 9 general elections, AFP quoted a report as saying.

The Democratic Party had won 20.85 percent of votes, while Golkar had 14.45 percent, according to the report by state news agency Antara.

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had 14.03 percent. The commission said that 104,099,785 valid votes and 17,488,581 invalid votes had been cast.

Besides the big three, only a handful of the 34 parties that contested the election were able to win more 2.5 percent of votes cast, the minimum threshold for sending representatives to the 560-seat parliament.

Exit polls found that Yudhoyono, who has yet to announce his running mate, has the best chance to win July's presidential elections.

The liberal ex-general may have to compete against PDI-P's Megawati Sukarnoputri, a former president who is determined to lead the world's third-biggest democracy for a second time.

The registration at the KPU for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates runs from May 10-16. 








 


 


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