Sunday, June 20, 1999 Published at 22:12 GMT 23:12 UK
Muslim leader moves to block Megawati
Megawati's election rallies dominated the Indonesian campaign
One of the main Muslim-based political parties in Indonesia has joined calls to reject a woman candidate as the country's president.
The party's leader is Megawati Sukarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia's founding President Sukarno.
Now the United Development Party (PPP) says it will join other Muslim groups and press Muslim legislators elected in the 7 June ballot to form an alliance against Megawati taking the presidency.
"[The] PPP, in line with its Muslim scholars' decree, wants the best Muslim son, not a daughter. A he, not a she," party chairman Hamzah Haz is quoted by the official Antara news agency as saying.
One of Megawati's closest advisers, Kwik Kian-gee, said the constitution allowed for no discrimination between male and female.
Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim country although the degree to which people stick to Islamic doctrines as practised in some Middle Eastern countries varies widely.
Further delay for results
But election officials say it could take them another two and a half weeks to finalise the results because of calls for recounts and new elections.
Golkar appears to be gaining ground on the PDI-P, steadily increasing its share of the vote.
Analysts say they expect that figure to rise to around 25%, at the expense of Megawati's party, as the final results come in from outlying rural provinces where Golkar's support-base is thought to be strongest.
This has led to speculation that Golkar may be able to retain some role in government by forming a coalition with smaller parties to override any Megawati-led coalition.
But Mr Haz says his party will not join with Golkar, or back its nomination for the presidency, the incumbent BJ Habibie.
President Habibie has urged voters to place national interests above all else and said that people should accept the result of the poll.
A special assembly of legislators elected in the ballot and military and government appointees will choose a head of state later this year.
'No fraud' finding
"The very complex process of counting and tabulation has inevitably taken considerable time," the US National Democratic Institute and the Carter Center said in a joint statement.
The groups said poor training given to officials and the need to correct mistakes made earlier caused the delay.