MPR Speaker Asks All Sides to Refrain from Conflict Following Election Result
Date 22 Mei 2019
After General Elections Commission (KPU) has officially declared President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of 2019 Presidential Election, Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan on Wednesday (22/5) met with President Jokowi at the Presidents invitation, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java.
Zulkifli asserted that the meeting was not discussed the Prabowo Subianto campaign team known as BPN, Jokowis national campaign team (TKN), nor coalition. The most important thing for now is restoring Indonesias unity. We must mend our relationship, thats how all Indonesians win the election he said.
The Speaker went on to say that we will arrive at a solution if we take peaceful measures, hold dialog, and amicable gathering as he did with the President. Zulkifli expressed belief that by doing so, those who win the election will not only be one party, but all Indonesian people.
Also on that occasion, the Speaker conveyed his deepest condolences on the passing of six people in protests over Indonesia’s election result in Jakarta, which was held from Tuesday (21/5) to Wednesday (22/5).
Zulkifli called on all sides to refrain themselves from conflict and express their discontent in a peaceful manner since this month is the holy month of Ramadan which must be filled with love and compassion. Democracy indeed requires patience, and the Government and all layers of society should be able to address the election issue in a peaceful manner through dialog and gathering, he firmly said.
In the meantime, Zulkifli stated that democracy offers room for discussion in differences, while the constitution facilitates the voicing of differences and dispute resolution.
Therefore, each campaign team may elaborate their objections at the Constitutional Court. In fact, the session can also be broadcasted by the media. Both the TKN and the KPU can also explain their findings so it will support judges to take decision based on the facts. That is the protest which is justified in our constitution, Zulkifli Hasan concluded. (GUN/OJI/ES)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Yuyu Mulyani