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People in war-weary Aceh province vote in first-ever local elections

People in war-weary Aceh province vote in first-ever local elections

Voters in Aceh province crowded into polling stations Monday to take part in elections aimed at cementing a peace deal that ended 29 years of war in the region worst hit by the 2004 tsunami.
Former separatist rebels and an ex-army general are among those vying for the top jobs of governor and deputy governor _ something unimaginable before the earthquake-spawned waves crashed into Aceh, killing an estimated 167,000 people and helping usher in a new era of peace.
"We have proved our commitment with lives, blood and tears," said Irwandi Yusuf, a former rebel political officer now considered one of the favorites for governor.
There were no reports of poll violence, but police said unknown perpetrators detonated a small bomb inside a partially constructed school at dawn in northern Aceh. There were no injuries.


Updated : 2021-10-25 15:34 GMT+08:00