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Jakarta Post

Dems cozy up to government coalition

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 10, 2019   /  06:55 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) talks to the Democratic Party’s joint election command head Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the eldest son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at Bogor Palace recently. Representing the Democrats, which was part of the coalition that backed challengers Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, Agus congratulated Jokowi on winning the 2019 presidential election.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The Democratic Party continued to make overtures to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s coalition over the Idul Fitri holiday, in an apparent attempt to ingratiate itself with the government camp. The Dems, who officially backed Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto’s presidential bid in last month’s election, have looked increasingly detached from the opposition coalition since election day, and the last week have seemed to further demonstrate their intention to switch sides. On June 3, Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed his disapproval about comments Prabowo made regarding his recently deceased wife Kristiani “Ani” Herrawati’s political preferences, calling it “inappropriate.” Later in the week, Yudhoyono’s eldest son and Democratic Party executive Agus Harimurti met with President Joko...