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JAKARTA: Indonesia's ruling party on Monday threw its support behind presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto ahead of elections next week, a further boost for the ex-general and a blow to frontrunner Joko Widodo. "The Democratic Party central executive board has decided and instructed... members and all supporters across Indonesia to give their full support and vote to presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto," party chairman Syarief Hasan said in a statement on the party's website. The party of outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, which won 10 percent of the popular vote at legislative elections in April, had previously pledged to stay neutral in the July 9 election. But it said Prabowo and his running mate Hatta Rajasa had a "vision and mission" that were "in line with the Democratic Party", and it believed the pair would continue to support Yudhoyono's economic a...

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