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Jakarta Post

Cabinet talks put strain on Jokowi’s ruling coalition

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 3, 2019   /  08:35 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo delivers his speech on Sunday after the General Election Commission (KPU) announces that he has become president-elect in Jakarta. He was accompanied by vice-president-elect Ma'ruf Amin (second from left). (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Now that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has secured a second term in office, parties are jostling for positions in his coalition, which may grow bigger than it already is as foes want to be friends. The political parties that backed Jokowi in the presidential election may now have to make room for former allies of Jokowi’s challenger Prabowo Subianto, as the President has signaled to welcome them in a reconciliatory gesture after the polarizing election. Prabowo’s coalition has officially broken up following the camp’s defeat at the Constitutional Court, but so far, only the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has asserted its commitment to remain in the opposition. It was still unclear whether other Prabowo allies — the Gerindra Party, the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Democratic Party — would remain in opposition to Jokowi’s ad...