Saturday, 14 December 2019

Ma`ruf Amin Eager to Meet Ahok Supporters

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  • Indonesian presidential candidates Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, showing the ballot number that will represent them in next year's presidential election, during a draw at the General Election Commission office in Jakarta,  Sept. 21, 2018. AP

    Indonesian presidential candidates Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, showing the ballot number that will represent them in next year's presidential election, during a draw at the General Election Commission office in Jakarta, Sept. 21, 2018. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice presidential candidate of the presidential-vice presidential candidate pair No. 1 Ma`ruf Amin expressed keenness to meet with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) supporters on a special occasion.

    "I will meet them on a special occasion. In general, at various forums, it (a meeting with them) is normal. There needs to be a special meeting," Amin stated at the home of Jalan Situbondo No.12, Jakarta, Monday.

    Amin expressed eagerness to meet the supporters of Ahok after receiving the initiator of the National Volunteer Supporters of Ahok, Nusron Wahid, on Monday morning.

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    Amin noted that during his meeting with Wahid, he was informed that Ahok`s supporters had delved into the vice presidential candidate`s past as former chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) during which Amin opined that Ahok had blasphemed the Islamic religion.

    "They harbor suspicions when they looked back at my past as chairman of the MUI. It was said that Ahok volunteers felt something (inconvenient). For me, there is nothing wrong. For me, anyone must get along with all parties for the integrity of the nation. Thus, I want to meet them specifically. I am very happy. Moreover, I want to meet all people," Ma`ruf Amin added.

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