Sun, 13 Jun 2004

Amien woos traders, drivers

BANDA ACEH, Aceh: Candidate Amien Rais of the National Mandate Party (PAN) campaigned on Saturday in Banda Aceh, capital of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, walking his well-worn campaign trail to open markets and lunching with pedicab drivers.

He was accompanied by running mate Siswono Yudohusodo and several members of his campaign team, including Reform Star Party (PBR) chairman Zainuddin MZ, Social Democratic Labor Party (PBSD) chairman Mochtar Pakpahan and Freedom Bull National Party (PNBK) chairman Eros Djarot, whose parties have formed a coalition to back his bid.

Security was on high alert during Amien's visit, although the security status has been lowered to a state of civil emergency. -- Antara