Politicians Must Respect Their Opponents: ICMI Leader

Cindy    •    04 Februari 2019 19:20 WIB
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Politicians Must Respect Their Opponents: ICMI Leader
ICMI chairman Jimly Asshiddiqie (right) (Photo:Medcom.id/Cindy)

Jakarta: Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI) chairman Jimly Asshiddiqie strongly believes that the 2019 simultaneous general and presidential elections will run smooth.

"Politicians must respect their opponents. They must not spread political hoaxs," the former Constitutional Court justice told a press conference on Monday, February 4, 2019.

"Stop talking about the weaknesses of your opponents. Start explaining about the strengths of your candidates," he added.

Indonesia will hold the first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections in April 17. Voters will elect the president and lawmakers on the same day.  

In order to run for presidency, incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is endorsed by PDIP, Golkar Party, PKB, PPP, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, PKPI, PBB, Perindo Party and PSI. In the meantime, key opposition leader Prabowo Subianto is supporrted by Gerindra Party, Democratic Party, PAN, PKS and Berkarya Party.
 
According to several surveys, many Indonesians get at least some news from social media. As the result, they are prone to fall for political hoaxes.


(WAH)