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Rivals scramble to strike deal

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  08:58 am
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Security measures: Police personnel stand guard outside the Constitutional Court in Central Jakarta on Wednesday ahead of the court’s ruling announcement of the disputed presidential election result on Thursday. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

As the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the presidential election result looms, representatives from the rival camps are reportedly scrambling to strike a political deal. Gerindra Party chairman and unsuccessful presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, who submitted the legal challenge to the result, returned from a trip to Germany on Wednesday evening, hours before the court is scheduled to rule on the case on Thursday. According to Gerindra executives, Prabowo went abroad for a medical checkup. But sources from two political parties from the government coalition as well as one from the opposition camp said that Prabowo stopped off in Bangkok before returning to Indonesia. The sources, who requested anonymity, said that in Bangkok Prabowo met a representative from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s camp to talk about the possibility of Gerindra joining ...