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SBY welcomes Prabowo to meeting with 'nasi goreng'

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
    Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Cikeas, West Java | Thu, July 27, 2017 | 09:47 pm
SBY welcomes Prabowo to meeting with 'nasi goreng' Former president and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) meets with Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (third right) at Yudhoyono's residence in Cikeas, West Java, on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Also attending the meeting are Gerindra secretary-general Ahmad Muzani (second right) and House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon (right). The meeting was aimed at pondering a possible alliance for the 2019 presidential election. (The Jakarta Post/Nurul Fitri Ramadhani)

Gerindra Party chairman and former presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto arrived at the private residence of former president and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas, West Java, at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday.

The patrons of the two largest opposition parties were scheduled to have closed-door talks about the newly passed election bill, during the deliberation of which both parties opposed the government's decision to retain the 25 percent presidential threshold.

"I come here for a silaturahim [a strengthening of friendly ties]," Prabowo told reporters upon arrival.

Yudhoyono was ready to serve his guest nasi goreng (fried rice) cooked by a street food seller the former president had summoned to the house.

Read also: SBY, Prabowo meet to discuss election

Many believe the meeting was also aimed at pondering a possible alliance between the two parties ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

“[A coalition] could be established. It could happen as we have similarities of vision,” Dems deputy chairman Syarief Hasan said. (bbs)

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