Friday, August 22, 2014

Prabowo a disgraceful loser

It will likely be just a matter of days before most of Prabowo Subianto’s supporters completely abandon him after his failure to embarrass Indonesia in front of the international community with his ridiculous assertion that this country’s democracy is much worse than that in North Korea, where democracy is absent.

Knowing the behavior of Indonesian politicians, it would be unthinkable that political parties like the Golkar Party and the United Development Party (PPP), which supported Prabowo’s nomination in the July 9 presidential election, will remain loyal to him. They, too, will desert him for the sake of their own survival.

The Constitutional Court on Thursday unanimously rejected Prabowo’s allegations of widespread, structured and systematic fraud in the presidential election. The court said that Prabowo lacked evidence to prove his claim.

We should commend the police for firmly handling Prabowo supporters who tried to disrupt the reading of the verdict. The General Elections Commission (KPU) and the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) also deserve plaudits for their achievement in organizing the legislative election in April and the July presidential election in a free and fair manner.

Indonesians have proved to the world again that as a nation with the world’s largest Muslim population, it is fully capable of holding democratic elections. Most supporters of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo exercised their constitutional right to elect their leader in a very responsible way.

It is official now that Jokowi will become Indonesia’s seventh president in October. The Jakarta governor will be accompanied by Jusuf Kalla to lead the nation for the next five years until 2019. Jokowi won the position through a fully democratic, transparent, direct and fair election, which lives up to Indonesia’s billing as the world’s third-largest democracy after India and the United States.

Jokowi will be the president of the entire nation, including those who wanted Prabowo to lead the country. He should be much more proactive in healing the wounds and conflicts that might have occured during the “fiesta of democracy”.

The former mayor of Surakarta will take up the people’s mandate, although the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and its coalition partners will not be able to form a strong coalition in the legislature. As he proved during his two-year tenure as Jakarta governor, opposition in the Jakarta City council was not able to bother him because of his ability to reach out to the public.

Jokowi won the hearts of the residents of Surakarta and Jakarta not because he was a genius in developing the two cities, but more because the people trusted his sincerity while most Indonesian politicians suffered from a huge deficit of confidence among their constituents.

There is no guarantee that Jokowi and Kalla will lead the nation to a much better society. But the people trust the pair because they pin high hopes on them. Jokowi should not disappoint the people who have lost faith in the political actors and elites of Indonesia. Jakarta Post

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