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Jokowi, SBY meet again at Merdeka Palace

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, October 27, 2017 | 04:47 pm
Jokowi, SBY meet again at Merdeka Palace President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) meets with former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the veranda of Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Friday. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Friday.

Yudhoyono arrived at 2 p.m. much to the surprise of journalist, as the Democratic Party patron had not been scheduled in Jokowi’s agenda.

Jokowi welcomed his predecessor himself. They sat at the palace's veranda, where they engaged in a discussion and had tea.

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It was the second meeting between the two at the Palace. A similar meeting took place on March. 9, during which they mended ties ahead of the second round of the Jakarta election, according to analysts.

President Joko President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo meets with his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a Democratic Party chairman, at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on March 9. (State palace/Laily Rachev)

Yudhoyono recently came under the spotlight after he said that the Democratic Party would file a political petition against the government if the latter did not revise the newly enacted law on mass organizations (Ormas).

The Dems backed the government during a recent plenary meeting at the House of Representative to pass the controversial regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) into law, but under the condition that some provisions be revised immediately. (afr/bbs)

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