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Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate accepts court ruling

IANS 22 Aug 2014, 7:25:55 AM IST
Jakarta: Former general Prabowo Subianto accepted the final ruling of the Constitutional Court that has summarily rejected all his allegations that challenged the result of Indonesia's presidential race, his party coalition spokesman said on Thursday.

Following the court's final decision Thursday, Tantowi Yahya, spokesman of Prabowo's party coalition, known as red and white coalition, said: "As citizens heavily upholding the constitution, we accept the decision of the constitutional court."

Addressing the media along with the representatives of the parties in the coalition, Tantowi said the coalition is still disappointed at the decision of the court, Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, President-elect Joko Widodo and running mate Jusuf Kalla, called for unity and said that they would soon prepare for a new cabinet.

"We appreciate the works of MK (constitutional court) and DKPP (court on ethic of official undertaking tasks on the polls) which have worked transparently and professionally," said Widodo, who is popularly known as Jokowi.

"This will give a chance for both of us to immediately prepare our new government," he said.

Widodo said he would soon meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to find out the problems being faced by the country and to know details of the problem) in ministries.

On July 22, the National Electoral Commission declaredWidodo as the winner of the presidential polls.

There were grave concerns about possible violence as one of the presidential candidates camps and supporters rebuff the commission's announcement.