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Jakarta Post

Jokowi wants IMF-World Bank meeting to run smoothly despite domestic politics

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 26, 2018   /   09:25 pm
Jokowi wants IMF-World Bank meeting to run smoothly despite domestic politics President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) talks with Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung ahead of a Cabinet meeting at Bogor Palace in Bogor, West Java, on April 18. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A.)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expecting that the International Monetary Fund-World Bank annual meeting slated for October will run smoothly, even though at the same time there will be dynamics in Indonesia's politics related to the 2019 presidential election.

Jokowi made the statement during a Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday to discuss the country's readiness to host this year's IMF-World Bank annual meeting, which will be held in Bali from Oct. 8 to 14.

Speaking after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said by the time the meeting took place, there would already be presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs to contest in next year's election.

The candidates are scheduled to register their nominations with the General Elections Commission (KPU) during a seven-day window from Aug. 4 to 10, Pramono said.

"Therefore, the President was hoping that the [IMF-World Bank] meeting could be held smoothly as he took into account matters related to domestic politics," Pramono told journalists on Tuesday.

Jokowi, who is seeking reelection next year, is expected to register with his running mate at the KPU in August. The other strong possible candidate for the presidency to date is Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, who was also Jokowi's rival in the 2014 election.

During Tuesday's meeting, Pramono said, the government concluded that Indonesia had been well prepared to host the meeting.

"In principle, [everything] has been prepared, including matters related to security, traffic, as well as early detection toward possible actions that may disrupt the event." (ebf)