Labor MP criticises Government's close ties with Japan

AS Indonesia prepares to welcome a new president, Joko Widodo, to lead its country, a Labor MP has hit out at the Abbott government for being too close to Japan.

The President-elect, who will be the nation's seventh president, and the first outside the major elite families, is expected to crack down on cronyism in the government.

After vote counting was completed on Tuesday night, Widodo was confirmed, with former military general Prabowo Subianto defeated.

However, Subianto - a figure heavily linked to Indonesia's elite - has declared he will try to mount a legal challenge to the election, after alleging potential voter fraud.

While Prime Minister Tony Abbott welcomed Widodo's victory, Labor MP Ed Husic said on Sky News on Wednesday that it seemed the government was closer to Japan than the nearer neighbour.

His comments followed confirmation overnight on Tuesday that Joko Widodo would be the next Indonesian President - the first outside the country's elite families.

But Coalition MP Josh Frydenberg said it was clear that Australia could be close to both Japan and Indonesia, that the relationships did not need to be exclusive.

Topics:  indonesia japan joko widodo tony abbott

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