Prabowo camp accepts court ruling

Prabowo camp accepts court ruling
Victory: Lawyers representing the General Elections Commission (KPU) cheer after the reading of the ruling on the presidential election dispute at the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on Thursday. The court rejected all the claims made by losing presidential ticket Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa in their lawsuit, which alleged widespread fraud during the July 9 election.

Prabowo campaign team spokesperson Tantowi Yahya said Thursday that the losing presidential pair Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa accepted the Constitutional Court's verdict rejecting their lawsuit on alleged electoral fraud but insisted that the verdict did not reflect substantive justice in Indonesia.

"Even though the [Red-and-White] Coalition accepts the verdict, we insist that the decision does not reflect substantive justice nor truth in Indonesia," Tantowi said in a press conference held by the Prabowo-Hatta campaign team right after the verdict was read.

Tantowi insisted that despite the ruling by the court, the team still believed that the evidence presented to the court was legitimate and proved widespread and systematic fraud within the electoral system.

Separately, Golkar Party secretary general Idrus Marham noted that the coalition supporting the Prabowo-Hatta ticket would continue to be solid and monitor the country from outside the government.

"We will continue to monitor the country from outside the government and make sure that the checks-and-balances system works," he said.

Marham also presented a written statement signed by chairmen of the parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta ticket, namely Aburizal Bakrie of Golkar, Anis Matta of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Gerindra Party deputy chairman Fadli Zon, Drajat Wibowo of the National Mandate Party (PAN), Suryadharma Ali of the United Development Party (PPP) and MS Kaban of the Crescent Star Party (PBB).

All leaders signed the letter stating their acceptance of the court ruling.

Neither Prabowo nor Hatta was present at the press conference as they were reportedly visiting hospitalized protestors who rallied outside the court on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat on Thursday.

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