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Dems get no love for coalition dissolution proposal

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 11, 2019   /  06:45 am
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Air fresheners of Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto (right) sold by D&A Airfresh. (D&A Airfresh /File)

The suggestion of Democratic Party deputy secretary-general Rachland Nashidik to disband the political party coalitions formed for the presidential election has been dismissed by both camps, further putting the Dems in limbo. The party had previously backed Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto’s bid for the presidency, but has since moved increasingly closer to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, while simultaneously distancing itself from the opposition camp. On Sunday, Rachland suggested that both the Prabowo and Jokowi coalitions be dissolved, to “reduce political tension in the grass roots.” “Maintaining the coalitions means maintaining polarization at the grassroots level,” he posted on Twitter. “It means preserving enmity and maintaining the potential for civil conflict. The leaders should prioritize the safety of the nation....