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Widodo, Prabowo in tight race for Indonesia's presidency

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Indonesia's presidential candidates Joko Widodo, left, and Prabowo Subianto shake hands.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Voters in Indonesia will go to the polls Wednesday to choose a new president in a race that has become too close to call.

     Until recently, Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, widely known as Jokowi, appeared to have a comfortable lead, but former military commander Prabowo Subianto is fighting back strongly. At stake is control of a country with a population of 240 million and major clout within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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