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Ex-Bali top cop wins vote for governor
July 17th, 2008

Bali’s former police chief Made Mangku Pastika has won his bid to become the Indonesian resort island’s next governor.

Pastika – who led the force that tracked down the 2002 Bali bombers and was head of police when the Bali Nine heroin ring was smashed – has become the island’s first directly-elected governor.

The Bali Election Commission (KPU) on Wednesday said Pastika, of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), won 55.04 per cent of the vote in the elections a week ago.

His nearest rival, Cokorda Budi Suryawan, of the Golkar Party, received 26.71 per cent, while the Democrat Party’s Gede Winasa had 18.25 per cent, Detik.com reported.

Pastika, who enjoys a high international and domestic profile, campaigned on a platform of anti-terrorism, law and order, and sustainable development.

He was awarded an Order of Australia for his work to track down the Bali terrorists responsible for the 2002 blasts, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians.

KPU said almost two million people voted in the poll.

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