Jakarta riots should be thoroughly investigated: Muhammadiyah

Jakarta riots should be thoroughly investigated: Muhammadiyah

Secretary General of the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership Abdul Mu'ti .

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The disturbances which took place in several areas in Jakarta should be investigated, the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership has said.

"The riots must be thoroughly investigated and resolved through legal channels," Secretary General of the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership Abdul Mu'ti said in Jakarta on Thursday.

He remarked that the chaos had tarnished the nation’s democracy, which is based on wisdom. He noted that the perpetrators were anarchists who seek to damage the life of the nation and state.

Abdul Mu'ti praised the attitudes of presidential and vice presidential candidates who competed in a healthy manner and resolved election problems using constitutional methods.

The presidential candidates conveyed positive statements in the face of the national political situation.

"All parties should promote practices of statesmanship. As a result, the entire democratic process runs well," Abdul Mu'ti stated.

In addition, he said, the Constitutional Court (MK), when handling complaints, should reflect the nation’s aspirations and carry out its functions fairly, objectively, professionally, and independently.

The MK should take note of violations and frauds that have strong evidence, in a bid to meet the demands of justice.

The Constitutional Court's decision must be respected and all parties must end the political process of the 2019 Election in a constitutional manner, he said.

Abdul Mu'ti also stated that all parties should re-unite to develop Indonesia.

Chairperson of the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership Haedar Nashir earlier insisted that presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) meet with presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo at the earliest to put an end to tensions arising after the vote count by the General Election Commission (KPU).

"The Muhammadiyah central executive board has, since the start, along with Islamic organizations, met with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and have put forth an appeal and invitation that Jokowi and Prabowo meet," Nashir remarked.

Based upon the statements of Jokowi and Prabowo, Nashir believes that the duo are attempting to establish a friendship.

"It might be a matter of time. Yesterday, we heard President Jokowi conveying a positive statement and an invitation to end the tensions in this situation. Moreover, Prabowo and Sandi also said that all should follow the constitutional path, and there should be no violence and all should remain peaceful," Nashir noted.

(INE)

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