Jakarta Election Proof That Indonesia Has Successful Democracy: VP Kalla

Vice President Jusuf Kalla, right, welcomes US Vice President Michael Pence to a bilateral meeting at the Vice-Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday (20/04). (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

By : Novi Setuningsih | on 5:35 PM April 21, 2017
Category : News, Politics, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said this week's peaceful Jakarta gubernatorial election shows that Indonesia has a successful democracy.

Speaking after a meeting with US Vice President Michael Pence at the Vice-Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday (20/04), Kalla said: "The timing of [Pence's] arrival was perfect. When the noisy regional election was over, everyone shook hands. So, it is a democracy in Indonesia."

Kalla said Pence expressed admiration of the democracy in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

"They admire our democratic ways in this Muslim-majority country. It is one of a kind among other nations," he said.

Kalla added that all the tensions surrounding the gubernatorial election were already gone.

"Such as today, I asked whether the squabbles were felt or not, and everyone smiled. So, this is Indonesia's democracy. He [Pence] did not mention anything else, as he could not give us any better [examples]," Kalla said.

Pence is on a two-day state visit to Indonesia as part of his Asia-Pacific tour.

US Ambassador Joseph R Donovan Jr. previously said the visit is intended to create prosperity for both countries, as well as ensure stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Pence also attended a business forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Central Jakarta on Friday where Kalla was present.

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