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Last Updated: Monday, 5 July, 2004, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
In pictures: Indonesia landmark poll
A security guard holds back voters as they wait for the polls to open in Cibubur, Indonesia
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Voters across Indonesia went to the polls to choose their president directly for the first time on Monday.
An Indonesian election official holds up a ballot as he instructs voters how to vote
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Five candidates were fighting for the top job in the world's most populous Muslim nation of some 220 million people.
Election workers aid a blind voter to cast her vote in Surabaya
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About 150 million voters in the nation of some 18,000 islands spread across several time zones were eligible to take part.
Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono holds a news conference after voting,
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Former General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is tipped to win by opinion polls - but not by enough to avoid a run-off vote.
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri (centre) is mobbed by the press as she leaves after casting her ballot at a voting station in the capital, Jakarta
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Incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri is battling it out to ensure she is one of the candidates who makes it into the second-round vote, set for September.
Indonesian presidential candidate Wiranto (centre) holds his granddaughter, while his wife gives a thumbs up after voting in Jakarta
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Another former general Wiranto (centre) and moderate Muslim leader Amien Rais were also in with a chance to make it through to the second round, polls said.
Former Indonesian President Suharto looks over the election ballot with his daughter prior to voting in Jakarta
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Frail-looking former President Suharto - who held the country in iron grip for 32 years - also cast his vote in the capital.
Members of local security load ballot boxes into a lorry guarded by police in Jakarta as they transfer them to local polling stations
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Before Monday's vote, ballot boxes were delivered to some 500,000 polling stations across the vast country amid tight security.
A young boy watches voters from the window of his slum home in Jakarta
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A "wonderful transition" from authoritarianism to democracy would benefit the younger generations, international observers said.





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