Polls Open In Indonesian Parliamentary Elections

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesians have started casting ballots for a new parliament in the world's largest Muslim-majority democracy.

The polls - which set the stage for the more important presidential vote in July - opened first in the easternmost province of Papau.

Around 171 million Indonesians were choosing Thursday among 38 parties vying for spots in the 560-seat legislature.

A party or coalition that wins a fifth of the seats - or 25 percent of the popular vote - can nominate a presidential candidate.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party is expected to lead.

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