Governor-Elect Jokowi Says Fauzi, Prijanto Will Be ′Best Friends′

05 Oktober, 2012 | Source: The Jakarta Globe

Following a prolonged and at times heated gubernatorial campaign, Jakarta Governor-elect Joko Widodo says he will be “best friends” with former opponent Fauzi Bowo and his ex-deputy Prijanto.


“Because the election competition is over, I want to confirm that I, Fauzi and Prijanto will be best friends,” Joko Widodo, known also as Jokowi, said on Friday while paying a visit to the outgoing Governor Fauzi Bowo at City Hall in Central Jakarta.

Jokowi said he appreciated the accommodating efforts of Fauzi, who had facilitated the transition of power for the former mayor of Solo, Central Java, and his deputy, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. He also said Fauzi had laid a strong foundation for him as he assumes leadership of the capital and its public servants.

“I thank Fauzi, who has opened transition room for me, preparing a strong platform and introducing me and Basuki to the whole staff of Jakarta’s government,” Jokowi said. “Usually in a new place, if a strong platform has not been prepared, [a newcomer] will have to look [confusedly] to the left and right. I deeply appreciate it.”

In keeping with a genial atmosphere that stood in contrast to campaigning that included ethnic and religiously motivated personal attacks, Fauzi on Friday referred to Jokowi as “Pak Gubernur,” or Mr. Governor.

“I want to propose to Mr. Governor that he allow these officials to shake hands with the elected governor,” Fauzi said while offering himself as a tour guide for Jokowi and Ahok on the visit to their future offices at City Hall.

“I think whoever leads Jakarta will have the same goal of wanting Jakarta to be an advanced city, prosperous and on par with all big cities in Asia,” Fauzi said. “On behalf of the Jakarta deputy governor, let’s prove that the work of Jakarta’s administration will improve.”

 

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