Jokowi vows to become president for all Indonesians

Jokowi vows to become president for all Indonesians

Incumbent President Joko Widodo and Vice President-elect Ma'ruf Amin during their press statement at the Halim Perdanaksuma Airport in Jakarta on Thursday (June 27, 2019) (ANTARA/Hanni Sofia)

I and KH Ma'ruf Amin have promised to become the president and vice president for all Indonesians
Jakarta (ANTARA) - President-elect of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) vowed on Thursday evening that he would become a leader for the entire nation without exception.

"I and KH Ma'ruf Amin have promised to become the president and vice president for all Indonesians," Jokowi said shortly after the Constitutional Court's (MK's) judges ended their final ruling session here on Thursday evening.

Accompanied by Ma'ruf Amin, Jokowi who held a press briefing at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta thanked the entire nation and hoped that the people's mandate that he received for the second term could be fulfilled well.

The given mandate was used for creating fair development for all parts of Indonesia and bringing social welfare for all people, said the incumbent president before leaving Jakarta for Japan for attending the G-20 Summit.

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Meanwhile, in response to the Constitutional Court's final ruling, Jokowi's rival, Prabowo Subianto told journalists that he respected the binding decision that the MK's nine judges had made.

The MK's nine judges ended their final ruling session here on Thursday at around 09.16 pm local time by completely rejecting the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair's petition on the presidential election result dispute.

The conclusion of the court's final ruling was delivered by the MK Chief Justice Anwar Usman 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 MK's final ruling paved the way for confirming the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin's victory based by the final tally that the General Elections Commission (KPU) had officially announced on May 21, 2019.

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 that it was not legally acceptable.

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The Prabowo-Sandi pair had filed a petition with the MK on May 23, 2019, on the recent presidential election result after the KPU announced the final result of vote counting on May 21, 2019.

The final tally declared by the KPU 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, than 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.

The Indonesian Constitutional Court's (MK's) final ruling on the presidential election result dispute was expected to end tensions and conflicts in communities, Chief of the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin pair's team of lawyers Yusril Ihza Mahendra said.

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