The Jakarta Post
Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto and National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan, who is also the People's Consultative Assembly speaker, held a meeting at the latter's official residence in the Widya Chandra complex in South Jakarta on Monday.
Prabowo arrived at Zulkifli's residence at 10:45 a.m. local time, Kompas.com reported. The meeting was closed to the public. Media workers were only allowed to take pictures before the meeting started.
PAN deputy secretary-general Yandri Susanto said Monday that the meeting was held as an "Idul Fitri open house" to strengthen silaturahim [the bonds of friendship].
Yandri further said the two political party leaders talked about a possible coalition between Gerindra and PAN in the upcoming 2019 presidential election.
"This is just a regular open house and coalition review," he said. "There's only one month left [until the presidential candidate registration period begins], so I think our effort to build chemistry is getting more intense every day," he said.
"Who the president is, who the vice president is, what the format of the coalition is," Yandri said. "I think today's meeting is a very normal thing. It's necessary to hold this meeting." (stu/ebf)