JAKARTA, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Monday that all Indonesians should show the world that the country is already mature in democracy.
Leaders of political parties participate an election campaign in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, March 16, 2009. Indonesia will hold legislative election on April 9 and 38 political parties will take part in the election. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)
In a speech marking the opening of campaign of 2000
legislative general election, the president said that all parties should guard
2004 general election success achievement and even improve it in 2009 election.
"This is our mutual responsibility, our common
mission. Let's show the world that all Indonesians are getting mature and ripe
in democracy," he said.
The president said, this year Indonesia's democracy
will be tested again and now is the time that Indonesia should become an example
for the world.
"In 2004 election we show the world a bright achievement of secured, peaceful, ordered, fair, and just election," he said.
Supporters wave flags during an election campaign in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, March 16, 2009. Indonesia will hold legislative election on April 9 and 38 political parties will take part in the election. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)
Yudhoyono said the success of 2004 election was due
to participation and contribution of all parties. He told all election
participants that general meetings should be conducted orderly and responsibly.
The president asked the Indonesian people to succeed
the 2009 election by using their voting right properly.
Thirty eight political parties will compete in this
year's legislative election, scheduled on April 9, plus six local partiesin
Aceh. More than 500,000 candidates will compete for 560 seats in the House of
Representatives (DPR), 132 seats in the Regional Representatives Council (DPRD)
and more than 16,000 seats at provincial, regency, and municipal level.