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Indonesian voters: Sulawesi driver
Ahead of Indonesia's first direct presidential election on 5 July, BBC News Online has been hearing from a range of voters about their hopes and expectations.

Ronald Rukati is a motorised rickshaw (bentor) driver in Gorontalo, on the island of Sulawesi.

He is still uncertain who to vote for in the forthcoming election, but employment and transport issues are certain to be important factors in his decision.

A former university student, Mr Rukati dropped out of education because he was not convinced it would lead him into employment, and has been driving a bentor for the last six months.

I hope the government will take notice of the petrol shortage
Ronald Rukati
"Two of my brothers are already graduates. One of them, Yuri Sulkatif, applied to be a government official in Beno Belango. He was one of three people called for an interview but none of them got through, and I suspect that's because they have had their own candidate from the back door," he said.

"That's why I'm choosing this path instead of going to university."

He said local issues were most important to him.

"The government council has a plan to discuss about imposing a regulation to use road lanes," he said.

"I think it's better not to have this. I feel sorry for those who, even without using the lanes, are struggling to earn enough money."

He also wants the government to do something about the scarcity of fuel in Gorontalo.

"I hope the government will take notice of the petrol shortage.... so the people of Gorontalo will not have any difficulty to get petrol," he said.


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