SBY asks Prabowo to exercise restraint

Presidential visit: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono separately receives presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto (right) in this composite photo at Yudhoyono’s private residence in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)

Presidential visit: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono separately receives presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto (right) in this composite photo at Yudhoyono’s private residence in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said late Wednesday evening that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had asked him to maintain peace and order as well as prevent horizontal conflicts connected to differences in quick count results from Wednesday’s election.

“It is already our commitment and we have continuously instructed our supporters to keep calm, restrain themselves and to not be provoked,” an unusually subdued Prabowo told reporters outside Yudhoyono’s private residence in Cikeas, West Java, following their near-midnight meeting.

“But we also conveyed that if presidential candidate No. 2 [Joko “Jokowi” Widodo] keeps conducting actions in the field, there will be a war of perception over who has won the election.”

While saying he would wait for the official result from the General Elections Commission (KPU), due no later than July 22, Prabowo maintained that his camp had already received real count results from several regions in the country naming him the winner.

Credible pollsters with a proven record of correctly naming the winner of past presidential elections in quick counts have said Jokowi won the presidential election with around 52 percent of the vote to Prabowo’s 48 percent. JG

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