The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan missed a gathering of regional leaders and young public figures held at the Balai Kitri Presidential Museum in Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday.
Among those scheduled to attend the gathering, dubbed the Gathering for Indonesia, were West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zulkiflimansyah, South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah, and East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak.
Also invited to attend were Banyuwangi Regent Azwar Anas, South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto, Yudhoyono Institute executive director Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono – the son of Democratic Party chairman and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – and Wahid Foundation director Yenny Wahid, the daughter of late former president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid.
Except for Anies, all of the guests showed up at the event.
The host of the gathering, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto, confirmed Anies' absence but did not elaborate on his reasons.
He said the gathering had been organized to address his concerns as a mayor and a young public figure on the country's current conditions, adding that figures across the country needed to maintain the nation's unity together.
"The main spirit of the gathering is friendship," he said as quoted by Kompas.com.
Most of the mentioned figures have shown support for incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin during the 2019 presidential election. (ars)