Nahdlatul Ulama chairman Said Aqil Siroj (Photo:Medcom.id/Ilham Pratama Putra)
Nahdlatul Ulama chairman Said Aqil Siroj (Photo:Medcom.id/Ilham Pratama Putra)

NU Urges Jokowi, Prabowo to Mend Relationship

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Ilham Pratama Putra • 04 Juni 2019 14:12
Jakarta: Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) chairman Said Aqil Siroj has urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and opposition leader Prabowo Subianto to hold a meeting during Eid al-Fitr.
 
"I hope the two political leaders could mend their relations. I believe the meeting would ease tensions," the infleuntial cleric told journalists on Monday.
 
"Let's stop the infighting. We should develop this nation," he noted.

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Indonesia held its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters elected the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
 
The General Elections Commission (KPU) concluded the vote recapitulation process at the national level on May 21. KPU named Jokowi as the winner of the 2019 presidential race.
 
According to the election agency, Jokowi gathered 85,607,362 votes or 55.5 percent of the votes. On the other hand, Prabowo collected 68,650,239 votes or 45.5 percent of the votes.
 
In order to run for presidency, Jokowi was endorsed by PDI Perjuangan, Golkar Party, PKB, PPP, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, PKPI, PBB and PSI. In the meantime, Prabowo was supported by Gerindra Party, Democratic Party, PKS, PAN and Berkarya Party.
 
Not long after KPU's announcement, Prabowo openly rejected the result of the vote count. Few days later, he filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court (MK) over accusations of extensive and systematic fraud in the presidential election.
 

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