Prabowo challenges election result

The ex-general who lost Indonesia's presidential election to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo mounted a legal challenge to the result yesterday, alleging widespread electoral fraud and irregularities in vote counting.

Mr Prabowo Subianto has alleged that massive fraud tipped the scales in Mr Joko's favour, but his challenge is directed at the election commission, in part for failing to investigate all allegations of cheating, according to a spokesman.

"We have filed a legal challenge. We submitted evidence of cheating... from 52,000 polling stations," Mr Fadli Zon, another spokesman for Mr Prabowo's camp, told AFP at the Constitutional Court.

Mr Prabowo has refused to concede defeat despite the election commission's declaration on Tuesday that Mr Joko won the presidency with 53 per cent of the vote.

"It is very, very difficult for me to give up in an incorrect and unfair situation," Mr Prabowo said on his Facebook page yesterday.

Court officials said the decision will be made by Aug 21.