Let us restore our nationhood, and forget all conflicts, anger, and hatred
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Constitutional Court's ruling on the presidential election result dispute was expected to end tensions and conflicts in communities, chief of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma'ruf Amin pair's team of lawyers Yusril Ihza Mahendra said. The Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno camp had been provided opportunities to prove its allegations that a structured, systematic, and massive fraud had occurred in the convening of the recent presidential elections, he said here Thursday evening.

"Unfortunately, they failed to prove the allegations during the Constitutional Court's (MK's) trial sessions," he told journalists shortly after attending the court's final ruling session.

The 2019 Presidential Elections had been convened fairly and the MK's final ruling should reunite the entire nation, Mahendra said. "Let us restore our nationhood, and forget all conflicts, anger, and hatred," he added.

The MK's nine judges ended their final ruling session here Thursday at around 9.16 p.m. local time by rejecting in totality the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair's petition.

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The court's nine judges argued that the Prabowo Sandi camp's allegation that structured, systematic, and massive electoral frauds had been found in the convening of the recent presidential election could not legally be proven so it was not legally acceptable.

MK Chief Justice Anwar Usman delivered the court's final ruling after convening the session for almost nine hours. The team of lawyers of the two presidential and vice presidential camps and related parties were also present.

The ruling paved the way for confirming victory for Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin based on the final tally announced on May 21, 2019.

The Prabowo-Sandi pair had filed a petition with the MK on May 23, 2019, after the General Elections Commission's (KPU) announcement of the final result.

The final tally declared at around 1:28 a.m. local time on May 21 indicated the Jokowi-Amin pair had secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, as against the contenders Prabowo-Sandi's 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent.

The Jokowi-Amin pair had declared victory following the KPU's announcement of the final tally, while the Prabowo-Sandi pair rejected the KPU's official tabulation result and challenged it by filing an official complaint with the MK.

Several hundred supporters of the Prabowo-Sandi pair had staged a peaceful rally Wednesday and Thursday to voice their demand for a fair decision from the MK.

The demonstrators thronged the Arjuna Wijaya Statue area on Medan Merdeka Barat Road near the National Monument (Monas) Square in Central Jakarta.

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