JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s president and his defeated election rival met Saturday for the primary time because the divisive April ballot and rode collectively on a not too long ago opened subway within the capital, signaling a relaxing of political tensions on the planet’s third-largest democracy.
In a choreographed spectacle, President Joko Widodo and former particular forces common Prabowo Subianto met and embraced at a gleaming new subway station in Jakarta and sat collectively chatting on a brief prepare journey.
Subianto had refused to just accept the election end result and threatened a “individuals energy” rebellion. He alleged large and systematic fraud, however his authorized problem was rejected by the nation’s prime court docket final month, reflecting its weak proof.
9 individuals died in riots in Jakarta in Might after official outcomes had been launched, displaying Widodo had received 55.5% of the vote.
Widodo, the primary Indonesian president from outdoors the Jakarta elite, stated Indonesians ought to unite after the bitter election marketing campaign.
“World competitors and competitors between international locations is getting harder so we’d like togetherness in advancing this nation, in constructing this nation that we love,” he stated.
“Thank God this morning we will meet and check out the MRT (subway), as a result of I do know Prabowo has by no means tried the MRT,” Widodo stated.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, is an outpost of democracy in a Southeast Asian neighborhood of authoritarian governments and is forecast to be among the many world’s greatest economies by 2030. Widodo’s second time period may additional cement the nation’s 20 years of democratization and see progress in his signature coverage of upgrading the sprawling nation’s insufficient infrastructure.
Subianto, who allied himself with teams that need Islamic relatively than secular regulation to prevail in Indonesia, received large victories in conservative provinces, however Widodo prevailed nationally with the backing of mainstream Muslim organizations and minority voters.
Widodo additionally defeated Subianto in 2014.
Subianto congratulated Widodo on his election victory and stated he would work with the federal government whereas additionally providing criticism “as a result of democracy requires checks and balances.”
“I thanks sir, I can journey the MRT and that is wonderful, we’re proud that Indonesia lastly has an MRT,” he stated.
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