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Monday, June 7, 1999 Published at 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK


The election in pictures



Indonesians turned out in their millions to vote in the general election that will end more than 40 years of authoritarian leadership and usher in a new era of democracy.


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There is a carnival atmosphere in Jakarta's Tanah Abang district as voters cheer another ballot cast for Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-Struggle).


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An election official opens a brightly-coloured ballot and calls out the party that has been voted for - one of 48 possible choices.


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Election officials help an elderly lady dip her finger in indelible ink, the system used to prevent voters casting more than one ballot.


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Incumbent President BJ Habibie appears to offer a prayer as he drops his ballot into the box.


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Leader of PDI-Struggle and presidential candidate Megawati Sukarnoputri prepares to vote during a break in the torrential rain that plagued election day.


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Former President Suharto shows his ink-covered finger as he leaves the polling booth. The end of his 32-year authoritarian rule last year made the election possible.


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Tens of thousands of expatriate Indonesians cast their ballots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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The count begins - a European Union monitor called the Indonesian election an "exemplary operation".

To see the campaign in pictures, click here.





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