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A Snapshot Of Indonesia: The Country Behind The Election

Following a fierce presidential battle in Indonesia, both candidates — Jakarta Gov. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his rival, former Gen. Prabowo Subianto — are declaring victory. Official results won't come out for another two weeks.

The vote marks the country's third direct presidential election since Suharto, Indonesia's last dictator, was ousted in 1998. Nearly two decades after his brutal rule, how does the world's third-largest democracy fare in terms of global health and development markers?

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