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Jakarta Post

SBY, Prabowo set for coalition talks

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 23, 2018   /   05:35 pm
SBY, Prabowo set for coalition talks Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (left) visits Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on July 18. (Courtesy of Anung Anindito/-)

Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and his Gerindra Party counterpart, Prabowo Subianto, are set to meet at Yudhoyono’s residence in Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Tuesday after last week’s delayed meeting.

Yudhoyono and Prabowo were scheduled to meet last Wednesday but the meeting was postponed after the former fell ill and had to receive treatment at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital.

Pak SBY has returned home to Kuningan with his family and we have spoken a lot about the party,” Democratic Party secretary-general Hinca Panjaitan told reporters on Monday. “One of the things that we are preparing is the meeting with Pak Prabowo tomorrow, which had been previously delayed.”

He said it would be preceded by a meeting between the executives of both parties on Monday night. 

Hinca added that SBY and Prabowo would discuss a possible Democrat-Gerindra coalition and also potential candidate pairs, including the possibility of SBY’s son, Agus Harimurti, being Prabowo’s running mate. 

“I think they will talk about [Agus as a vice presidential candidate] and also other alternatives in case we do form a coalition,” he said, adding that the Dems were still in communication with other parties such as the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). (ahw)