'We'll Talk With Agus-Sylvi's Backers': Djarot

Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat met on Tuesday evening (11/04) to discuss their participation in the gubernatorial debate on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

By : Lenny Tristia Tambun & Eko Prasetyo | on 10:24 AM February 17, 2017
Category : News, Jakarta, Politics

Jakarta. Incumbent Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, who is seeking re-election with his boss Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, said there will be opportunities for "political communication" with political parties supporting defeated rivals Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Sylviana Murni in the Jakarta gubernatorial election.

Agus and Sylviana conceded defeat on Wednesday (15/02) after quick count results showed they had finished last in the race.

The parties backing Ahok and Djarot — the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Golkar, the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) and the People's Conscience Party (Hanura) — will soon open talks with the Democratic Party — the party chaired by Agus' father, former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the United Development Party (PPP), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the National Awakening Party (PKB) — who were all backing Agus and Sylviana.

"We will talk, definitely," Djarot said at City Hall on Thursday (16/02).

"Our campaign team will start off this 'political communication.' It will happen soon," Djarot said.

Quick count results by various polling agencies showed Agus and Sylviana got less than 20 percent of the votes on Wednesday. Ahok and Djarot are leading with slightly more than 40 percent of the votes. Former minister Anies Baswedan and his running mate, businessman Sandiaga Uno, were the surprise hit of the election, coming in second with around 39 percent of the votes.

If none of the governor nominees manages to win more than 50 percent of the votes, there will be a run-off election featuring the top two candidates scheduled for April 19.

The General Election Commission (KPU) said it will announce the official results within the next two weeks.

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