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Sandiaga vows to embrace Ahok supporters

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 23, 2017   /   09:39 pm
Sandiaga vows to embrace Ahok supporters Presumptive governor-elect Anies Baswedan (second left) and his running mate Sandiaga Uno (second right) talk to the press after quick count results pointed to a victory for the pair during the runoff election on April 19. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

In a bid to reconcile opposing sides following the divisive Jakarta gubernatorial election, presumptive deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Uno has pledged to hold events involving his rivals’ supporters.

Sandiaga recently said he would lead with all Jakartans in mind, including the supporters of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat, who lost to the Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga ticket according to quick count results.

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat speak to the press after the runoff election in Jakarta on April 19.(JP/Seto Wardhana.)

“We can easily reach out because Jakarta is relatively small and we will hold activities to unite [all sides],” Sandiaga said at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.

“We will make visits inviting supporters [of both tickets] without discrimination. Because Pak Anies and I should stand for all Jakartans and represent their interests without looking at their cultural background, race, religion, language and groups,” he added.

(Read also: Ahok offered to assist in transition process: Anies)

Sandiaga said he urged supporters from both contenders to move on. Members of the public should start focusing on improving the livelihood and prosperity of the people, he said.

“The discourse should now be about unity and not about celebrations that may hurt Jakartans who cast their support to Pak Ahok and Pak Djarot,” he said.

Numerous pollsters declared Anies and Sandiaga as the winning pair of the runoff election on April 9.  

The General Elections Commission Jakarta will announce the official results next month. (fac/bbs)