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Jakarta Post

Irwandi Yusuf returns as Aceh governor

  • Hotli Sinamanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 8 2017   /  12:13 am
Irwandi Yusuf (left) - Nova Iriansyah (Antara)

Irwandi Yusuf (left) - Nova Iriansyah (Antara)Five years after his failed attempt to extend his term as governor in 2012, the popular Aceh leader and former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) member Irwandi Yusuf has been elected Aceh governor for the second time.

Aceh’s Independent Election Commission (KIP) on Friday confirmed Irwandi’s victory in the February election, a few days after the Constitutional Court rejected an election dispute lawsuit filed by his strongest rivals.

Irwandi, who had led Aceh from 2007 to 2012, defeated several rivals, most of whom are former comrades in the now-defunct GAM.

The KIP announced that Irwandi and his running mate, Nova Iriansyah, garnered 898,710 votes, or 37 percent of the total. Nova is a former House of Representatives member.

Irwandi’s strongest rivals, the Muzakir Manaf-TA Khalid pairing and the Tarmizi A Karim-T Ma...