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Post-race: Confrontation or cohabitation?

  • Imron Cotan
    Imron Cotan

    Indonesian ambassador to Australia ( 2003 — 2005 ), and to China ( 2010 — 2013 )

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Jakarta   /   Mon, May 27, 2019   /  02:06 pm
Post-race: Confrontation or cohabitation? A sign on a footbridge, which reads “The elections are over, let’s bring back our brotherhood and nation’s unity”, is seen in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, won the presidential race against rival candidate pair Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno. Regardless of the latter’s efforts to challenge the election result, either politically or legally, Jokowi and Ma’ruf look certain to lead the country for the next five years.

Regrettably, following the KPU announcement riots erupted, notably in Jakarta, during which ardent supporters of Prabowo and Sandiaga vented their frustration, rampaging the capital city. They said the presidential election was systematically and massively rigged and consequently demanded the KPU to declare the result null and void.

The presidential election result is actually an anomaly, given the worrisome global political trend in which voters strongly tend...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.