Tuesday, 19 August 2014


The Legislative and Presidential elections were over. The presidential election on July 9, 2014 had the result already announced, although the loser candidate refused to accept defeat and protested the Electoral Commission [KPU].

Joko Widodo – Jusuf Kalla team had been declared as elected President defeating Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa. For the first time ever in history, Presidential election in Indonesia was only participated by two candidate pairs and Jokowi-JK won thinly by around 8 million votes.

Noteworthy was Jokowi’s victory speech which underscored the spirit of reconciliation for Indonesia’s unity. Family he said: “Let’s forget number one, let’s forget number two now there is only Indonesia, there-finger salutation for national unity”

Noteworthy was the statement of Dahlan Iskan, the Ministry of BUMN thst there was no time for the next President to sit on his laurels. The problems to be faced were really complex and must be tackled at once. No procrastinations! Public participation through the campaign period must be maintained for the next 5 years.

Jokowi-JK had strong social asset in the form of public support to build Indonesia. There were many virtuous things in the process of election, the most notable being tolerance of the Indonesian people in accepting the election outcome. The winner was not over exited and the loser did not lose control.

Beside the social asset at home, Jokowi-JK also had international support. World leaders congratulated him for being elected President, among others US President Barrack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Husein Loong, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. In international diplomacy congratulatory messages were more than just lip service.

With international relationship as frame of reference, congratulatory expression was something very natural but within a broader context, world leaders responses could be rated world recognition of the process of democracy development in Indonesia. All the uproars of political rethorics through the campaign rounds had drawn the word’s attention. Some international monitoring agencies had been closely watching the debate process and certainly not without reason.

Indonesia is, by population, the third biggest democratic nation in the world. The presidential election was a transition of power through democratic way which would testify Indonesia’s maturity in running democracy. The world would see Indonesia’s changing face after the election while Indonesia market was important to the world.

The warm response from the international communities reminded us of similar occurrence in the world such as when Narendra Modi won the election as India’s Prime Minister last May, or when Barrack Obama was elected as president in 2008. The world’s recognition underscored the winners’ importance.

The world’s attention was characterized by spotlight of the international mass media who commented that Jokowi’s meeting had not been an easy victory since in the past Indonesian leaders were always from the political elites or the military. By positive thinking, Indonesia should see the world’s attention as a universal expectation of Indonesia’s role in the global system whether in the aspects of economy, security, or international politics.

The universal expectations had two facades. On the one facades, Indonesia’s new leader was believed to act differently in running international diplomacy but still constructive. The focus was still prioritizing national interest than foreign interest. The best response to those international remarks was to build international relationship based on national interest.

Now the change was open for the Government of RI to play better strategic role in the international forum by responding to some world’s leader who acclaimed Jokowi’s victory as Indonesia’s next President for the 2014 – 2019 period. The international support served as lubricant for the next government to foster bilateral and multilateral relationship to promote trading.

The support strengthened Indonesia’s strategic position in regional and international organizations where Indonesia was member, such as the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, International monetary Fund, the Islamic Development Bank, ASEAN and APEC. (SS)

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