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Jokowi Congratulates New US President


Indonesian President Jokowi congratulated Donald Trump for winning the latest presidential race in the United States late Wednesday evening, November 9.

President Joko Widodo promptly congratulated the newly elected President of the United States Donald Trump after the candidate was officially announced as the winner of the recently concluded national elections.

After opening the 2016 International Mathematics and Science Olympiad in Tangerang, Jokowi extended his congratulations to the new American president on behalf of the Indonesian government and people.

After the official declaration of Trump as the 45th president of the US, Jokowi told reporters that the results of the election were a reflection of “the will of the majority of American people.”

The Indonesian president confirmed his readiness to continue working with the US and keep their mutually beneficial relationship healthy. The United States is one of the five biggest foreign investors in the archipelago. Donald Trump personally has several businesses and resort properties in the world’s most Muslim-populated nation, despite his oddly contradictory and stanch Islamophobic campaign rhetoric that called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the US.   


See: A Pledge To Fight Trump’s Racism And Bigotry

Dewi Fortuna Anwar, an international relations expert, commented on how the results of this year’s presidential election in the US could not have been in greater contrast to Barack Obama’s victory in his first presidential term eight years ago.

Anwar told reporters that it’s understandable that the entire world is still shocked and unable to reconcile the idea of Donald Trump winning the presidency. Candid scenes of the stunned reactions of some members of the voting population were evident at the @america cultural centre at Pacific Place in Jakarta, where the election results countdown was held.

Located at the heart of Sudirman Central Business District, the @america venue is home to the socio-cultural arm of the US Embassy in Jakarta. A crowd of American analysts and diplomats, as well as local and foreign media representatives, gathered there to wait for the final tally.

The majority stood stunned and still when Trump won the 245 of the 270 votes required from the electoral college to win. In the end, the businessman gathered his winning 276 votes. The self-proclaimed billionaire — who provenly doesn’t pay his taxes — from the Republican Party won the race against Hillary Clinton, a historic event that will be considered one of the most divisive times in US history since the Civil War.

An Indonesian diplomat raised his concern about the enormous task that lay ahead in the organization of a functional foreign policy regulation for the new administration. It is well-known how the entire Trump campaign had consistently annoyed the country’s Muslim-majority population.

Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon tweeted a congratulatory post with a selfie he had with the new president during their controversial New York meeting early last year. The firebrand legislator and former speaker of the House of Representatives Setya Novanto were reported to the House Ethics Council. Both were rumored to have endorsed Trump’s presidential campaign. Both officials got away with light warnings.

Images Credits: Wikimedia, Okezone

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