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Jakarta Post

Friends no more in election

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 28 2012   /  08:00 am

Political competition typically turn friends into rivals; an example evident to many Acehnese in the changing relationship between former governor Irwandi Yusuf and the former commander of the freedom fighters, Muzakir Manaf.

They are competing closely in the election scheduled for April 9, with Muzakir as the running mate of Zaini Abdullah.

Known to many as close friends in the past, “now they like to mock each other every time they please”, a source said, requesting anonymity, as he was close to the rival candidates.

Muzakir once said the “veterinarian” Irwandi should step out of the race. The former GAM executive studied veterinary medicine at Oregon State University, US.

Irwandi said in response that Muzakir must be joking, saying that Muzakir was his “biggest fan”. He added that Muzakir asked Irwandi to join the election if the Aceh Party re...