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Jokowi-Prabowo rematch begins

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana, Marguerite Afra Sapiie, and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  12:14 am
Race begins: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, accompanied by running mate Ma’ruf Amin, submits a registration document for next year’s presidential election to General Elections Commission (KPU) head Arief Budiman in Jakarta on Friday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)" width="780" height="572" border="0">Race begins: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, accompanied by running mate Ma’ruf Amin, submits a registration document for next year’s presidential election to General Elections Commission (KPU) head Arief Budiman in Jakarta on Friday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The much-anticipated election rematch between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his old rival, Prabowo Subianto, is finally on after both candidates registered themselves at the General Elections Commission (KPU) headquarters on Friday.

Jokowi and Prabowo had both officially announced their running mates, Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin and outgoing Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno, respectively, less than 24 hours earlier.

Wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the words “Bersih, Merakyat dan Kerja Nyata” (Clean, Humble and Real Work), Jokowi stepped out of his car with Ma’ruf at the KPU at around 9:30 a.m. The pair, who were welcomed by loud cheers from supporters outside the KPU’s gates, were the first to register their ticket for next year’s election.

Standing among leaders of the nine political parties supporting his reelection, Jokowi expressed his hope the election process would run smoothly, saying that a democratic election was not a war, nor should it be filled with animosity.

“It is a competition of ideas, track records and achievements,” he said. “Don’t let political differences ignite conflict among neighbors and communities [...] because our biggest asset that must be maintained is the unity of the nation.”

A few hours later, it was Prabowo’s turn to register. The Gerindra chairman arrived clad in his party’s trademark white shirt, khaki pants and black peci (traditional cap), while Sandiaga, who recently resigned from Gerindra, wore a blue shirt, which he said symbolized “coolness.”

“We will accept and respect whatever the people decide, we only want to govern with the permission of the people. We want to serve so that there are no poor people in Indonesia, no hungry people in Indonesia, and no injustice in Indonesia,” Prabowo said in a speech after the registration.

Sandiaga doubled down on Prabowo’s economic message.

“In the next few months we will fight together with the people to bring about economic growth and renewal where we can create more jobs,” he said.

Prabowo later addressed his supporters outside the KPU, which included many members of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI), which has endorsed Prabowo’s candidacy since May.

Contenders: Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is flanked by running mate Sandiaga Uno (right) and Democratic Party official Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono at the KPU in Jakarta on Friday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Race begins: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, accompanied by running mate Ma’ruf Amin, submits a registration document for next year’s presidential election to General Elections Commission (KPU) head Arief Budiman in Jakarta on Friday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)The much-anticipated election rematch between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his old rival, Prabowo Subianto, is finally on after both candidates registered themselves at the General Elections Commission (KPU) headquarters on Friday.

Jokowi and Prabowo had both officially announced their running mates, Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin and outgoing Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno, respectively, less than 24 hours earlier.

Wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the words “Bersih, Merakyat dan Kerja Nyata” (Clean, Humble and Real Work), Jokowi stepped out of his car with Ma’ruf a...