Jokowi says transition to new government to begin soon

JAKARTA: Outgoing President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo (pic) said on Tuesday (April 23) that he would soon begin the transition process to the new administration following the ruling by the Constitutional Court that upheld the election win of Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto. Jokowi told reporters that he would work soon on setting up a transitional team following the court’s decision.

"The government supports the transition process from the current administration to the new administration. We will make preparations for that because the Constitutional Court has made its decision. Let's just wait for the announcement from the KPU," Jokowi said, referring to the General Elections Commission.

Jokowi also said that he respected the court’s decision and that it had vindicated his government, which had been accused of meddling with the election.

The Constitutional Court on Monday rejected challenges from both losing candidates seeking a re-run of February's presidential election and the disqualification of winner Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, a decision that brought an end to all election disputes.

The court ruled that there was no evidence of systematic fraud and presidential "meddling", nor that state bodies, regional officials and social assistance had been mobilized to sway voters in the country.

Five judges ruled in favour of rejecting both petitions, with three dissenting opinions. Constitutional Court decisions are final and binding and both former candidates said they would respect the ruling, with Ganjar wishing luck to “the winner".

Anies said in a video address that he was committed to a peaceful governmental transition and described Prabowo as a "patriot", adding that the court ruling marked the end of the election. - The Jakarta Post/ANN

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