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Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Prabowo urged to meet to ease tensions

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 23, 2019   /  07:30 pm
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Incumbent President Joko Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto(Shutterstock/zombiu26)

Calls have been mounting for incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto to immediately hold a one-on-one meeting and ease tensions between the two camps, as concerns abound over the potential for post-election conflict. Vice President Jusuf Kalla and a number of prominent Muslim figures are the latest to echo the calls, saying that a reconciliation between the two rivals is necessary to defuse tensions among their respective supporters at the grass roots. Kalla gathered with leaders of the largest Muslim organizations in the country at his residence on Monday evening, during which they discussed the recent presidential and legislative elections and the ongoing process of final vote counting at the General Elections Commission (KPU). The meeting was held on the heels of Prabowo’s declaration of victory, despite quick-count results showin...