Vice President Jusuf Kalla, right, shakes hands with US Vice President Michael Pence following the signing of six cooperation agreements on electricity, information technology and renewable energy in Jakarta on Friday (21/04). (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Jakarta Election Proof That Indonesia Has Successful Democracy: VP Kalla


APRIL 21, 2017

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.