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Winning pair should prioritize welfare equity: Habibie

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Jakarta | Wed, April 19, 2017 | 02:35 pm
Winning pair should prioritize welfare equity: Habibie Former president BJ Habibie delivering a speech on Aug. 18, 2016. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Indonesia's third president, BJ Habibie, has said that the candidate pair that wins the Jakarta gubernatorial election should prioritize policies that promote welfare for the people.

The former president, who voted in the Jakarta runoff election at the TPS 5 polling station in South Jakarta, said the election in the capital was a manifestation of democracy.

"People all over the world are watching. In many places, people expect peace, but it's unlikely that peace exists everywhere. We expect [today's election] will be an example for those who are committed to provide welfare," Habibie said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.

Habibie expressed appreciation for Jakartans who were getting critical about political issues and agendas.

"We have to work harder so that everyone can get a chance. We have to fight for every single person in this country and Jakarta should become the example [that promote welfare equity]," Habibie said.

He said he hopes that tensions involving race and religion would also stop spreading and triggering conflicts in society.

Jakartans headed to the polls on Wednesday amid heightened sectarian tension that has been simmering since campaigning started last year.

According to pollsters, the race between incumbent ticket Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Syaiful Hidayat and rivals Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno is very tight because the stakes of the election in the capital are so high. (afr)

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