Controversial former general Prabowo Subianto claims victory in Indonesia election

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Indonesia's former defence minister Prabowo Subianto, 72, has claimed victory as early results showed him being on course to win. Subianto struck a conciliatory tone in a speech to supporters in Jakarta, vowing to be a president for Indonesians of all backgrounds, saying: 'Prabowo-Gibran and all of the Indonesia Forward coalition will embrace all elements and powers and become the president, vice-president and government present for all the people of Indonesia.'

The controversial former general, once banned from the US, is alleged to have been involved in human rights abuses in East Timor and Papua New Guinea but rebranded himself with a TikTok campaign in which he pitched himself as a cuddly grandpa with awkward dance moves.

More than 200 million people were eligible to vote in the election in what was the largest single-day vote in the world.

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