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President's party clings to lead in poll JAKARTA - Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party was clinging on Thursday to a razor-thin lead over the former political vehicle of ex-strongman Suharto in vote-counting for a parliamentary election. More than 147 million people in the world's fourth most populous country were eligible to vote in Monday's election which sets the stage for a July 5 presidential ballot. Counting has proceeded slowly as returns trickle in from the vast archipelago.
The latest figures show more than 32 million votes have been counted, or about 22 percent of the eligible electorate. With the results arriving from various parts of the country at different speeds, the rankings of the parties could easily change. The latest numbers show Megawati's PDI-P at 21 percent and Suharto's former party, Golkar, at 20 percent. In the last election in 1999 PDI-P took 34 percent and Golkar 23 percent. The poorer PDI-P showing compared to 1999 is in line with polls showing many voters feel Megawati's government has failed to live up to promises to fight graft and improve people's lives.
In third place was the National Awakening Party, led by former president Abdurrahman Wahid, at 14 percent. The other 21 parties were all at single-digit levels.



Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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