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Jakarta Post

A renewed hope for Aceh

  • Zamzami Zainuddin
    Zamzami Zainuddin

    Researcher at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong   /   Fri, April 7, 2017   /  01:27 pm
A renewed hope for Aceh Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Aceh. (Shutterstock/File)

Irwandi Yusuf won Aceh’s 2017 gubernatorial election after leading in the polls of the 2017 regional election. He was formally declared as the winner by the province’s election commission with 48 percent more votes over his opponent, Muzakkir Manaf. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday also rejected a challenge brought by his rival. Irwandi is not a new figure for Acehnese or the central government. He is the first governor-elect after the 2005 peace agreement between the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and the Indonesian government, serving from 2007-2012. Most of his supporters argued that Irwandi had demonstrated his credibility when he served as a governor by launching a series of programs. Two most notable initiatives are the Aceh Health Insurance (Jaminan Kesehatan Aceh) and the Aceh scholarship. Due to these endeavors, Aceh people now yearn for a progressive leader ...

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