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Jakarta Post

Political maneuvers continue as Jakarta burns

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana, Marguerite Afra Sapiie, and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 24, 2019   /  09:46 am
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Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto calls on his supporters to go home on Wednesday night through a video posted on his Twitter handle @prabowo. (Twitter/

As rioting and violence gripped Jakarta following the official 2019 general election results announcement, political maneuvering continued behind the scenes as parties consider postelection repositioning amid mounting tension. Incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who the General Elections Commission (KPU) said won reelection, intensified communication with top figures who backed the candidacy of losing candidate Prabowo Subianto. Jokowi invited Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son of former president and Democratic Party patron Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), and People’s Consultative Assembly speaker and National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan to separate meetings at the Bogor Palace on Wednesday. In a statement to the press after the closed door meeting, Agus said he had taken on the role of bridging communication between Jokowi and Yudhoyono, ...