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Young politicians call for calm ahead of election results announcement

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, May 17, 2019   /  02:17 pm
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Maneuvering: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) meets with the Democratic Party’s joint election command (Kogasma) chief Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, at the State Palace in Jakarta on May 2.(Antara/Wahyu Putro A )

With the announcement on the final results of the election expected next week, young and rising politicians have called on members of society, including the country’s elites, to uphold peace and unity so as to prevent any potential post-election clashes at the grassroots level. The move, which has been described by many as another attempt to diffuse political tensions, came after presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto publicly refused to accept the KPU's final result of the presidential election, which is expected to show that incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been reelected to the presidency. A number of relatively young regional leaders and children of two former presidents gathered at the Balai Kirti Museum, which is part of the Bogor Palace compound in West Java, on Wednesday, during which they talked about the post-election situation and expressed hope ...