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President Jokowi warns of ‘stern actions’ against rioters

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 22, 2019   /   05:28 pm
President Jokowi warns of ‘stern actions’ against rioters Military personnel prepare to safeguard a shopping center in West Jakarta on Wednesday amid heightened security in the capital after the General Elections Commission officially declared President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of last month’s presidential election. Thousands of supporters of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno held a rally in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency’s headquarters on Jl. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, calling for the disqualification of Jokowi from the election because of allegations of electoral fraud. (JP/Damar Harsanto)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that the government will not tolerate anyone who disrupts the country’s security and democracy as civil unrest grips the capital city following the announcement of the result of the April 17 presidential election.   

Jokowi, who had declared his reelection victory after beating rival Prabowo Subianto by a margin of 11 percentage points, said that his administration would not give in to the rioters and that the authorities would take stern actions against those who violated the law.

“I am open to anyone who wants to join hands to build and develop this country together, but I will not tolerate those who disrupt security, the process of democracy and the unity of our beloved country,” Jokowi said on Wednesday at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.

“There is no other option. The military and the police will carry out stern actions in accordance with the law,” Jokowi added.

The president, who was accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla and top security officials, said that any objection related to the election should be settled through the Constitutional Court, which would assess all petitions and settle the disputes based on verified facts.

Jokowi expressed his appreciation to rivals Prabowo and Sandiaga Uno who said they wanted to take the General Elections Commission’s final vote tally of the presidential election to the Constitutional Court.

“The situation is still under control and the public should not be worried,” Jokowi said as he went on to call for the people to mend relations and unite in harmony after the election.