Acehnese gubernatorial election, 2012

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An election was held on 9 April 2012 for the governorship and deputy-governorship of Aceh. Incumbent governor Irwandi Yusuf ran as an independent, while former exile and Free Aceh Movement activist Zaini Abdullah competed for the governorship on behalf of the Aceh Party with Muzakir Manaf as running mate.[1] The election was the second to take place in the devolved Aceh region since the post-earthquake/tsunami Helsinki agreement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement.[original research?] The previous gubernatorial election in Aceh had been held in December 2006.

Zaini Abdullah was sworn into office as governor of Aceh for the five-year period 2012-2017 in an official ceremony in the provincial capital of Aceh, Banda Aceh, on 25 June 2012. Arrangements for the ceremony were, however, marred by some violence when there was a personal assault on the former governor, Irwandi Yusuf, and a grenade attack earlier in the day at the house of a local GAM leader.[2] Following investigation by police two men were arrested and sentenced to 12 and eight years imprisonment by judges at Central Jakarta District Court.[3]


  • Tgk. H. Ahmad Tajuddin & Ir. H. Teuku Suriansyah
  • Drh. Irwandi Yusuf & Dr. Ir. Muhyan Yunan
  • Prof. Dr. H. Darni M Daud & Dr. Tgk. Ahmad Fauzi
  • H. Muhammad Nazar & Ir. Nova Iriansyah
  • Dr. H. Zaini Abdullah & Muzakir Manaf[4]


Final results were released on 17 April 2012:[5]

Candidate Votes Share (%)
Zaini Abdullah (Partai Aceh) 1,327,695 55.9
Irwandi Yusuf 694,515 29.2
Muhammad Nazar 182,079 7.6
Darni M. Daud 96,767 4.1
Teungku Ahmad Tajuddin 79,330 3.3
Total 2,380,386 100.0


  1. ^ Nani Afrida, 'Politics lead former GAM guerrillas to part ways', The Jakarta Post, 28 February 2012, and Nani Afrida, 'Friends, no more in election', The Jakarta Post, 28 February 2012.
  2. ^ Hotli Simanjuntak, 'Aceh governor installation marred by attack', The Jakarta Post, 26 June 2012.
  3. ^ Bhakti, Andhika (10 April 2013). "Justice served in Aceh's pre-election violence". Khabar Southeast Asia. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-24.