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Jakarta Post

Jokowi praises Prabowo

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 22, 2014   /  09:54 pm

Presidential candidate Joko '€œJokowi'€Widodo praised Prabowo Subianto political motivation, despite his decision to reject the result of the 2014 presidential election.

'€œI'€™m sure Pak Prabowo is a statesman who will always put the interests of our country above anything,'€ he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

He was speaking during an impromptu visit to the Pluit Reservoir in North Jakarta on Tuesday.

Jokowi said he was not surprised that Prabowo had rejected the result of the election, although he considered it to be '€œthe most transparent'€ of any since 2004.

The General Elections Commission (KPU), Jokowi said, had mobilized the public in its vote-counting process and made scanned C1 forms, containing vote counting results from each polling station, available for download online.

'€œIn my opinion, this year'€™s election was very open and transparent because everyone, including volunteers and observers, could monitor the results. However, we have to accept that there might have been flaws during the balloting process,'€ said Jokowi.  

He said based of various surveys, around 90 percent of the public were satisfied with the KPU.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Prabowo-Hatta ticket announced that it rejected the 2014 presidential election result due to alleged foul play by the KPU.

Also on Tuesday, Jokowi attended a gathering at Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chair Megawati Soekarnoputri'€™s private residence in Kebagusan, South Jakarta. 

Jokowi is also scheduled to give a acceptance speech at the Sunda Kelapa Port in North Jakarta. (gda/ebf)

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