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Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Prabowo to meet sometime this month, aides say

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 4, 2019   /   07:05 pm
Jokowi, Prabowo to meet sometime this month, aides say Warm ending: Presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) embraces his contender, Prabowo Subianto, after the 2019 presidential candidate debate at Hotel Sultan in Jakarta in February. (JP/Donny Fernando)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto are set to have a one-on-one meeting later this month to defuse tensions among their supporters after the bitter election campaign.

Calls for Jokowi and Prabowo to immediately hold a meeting have been mounting since after polling day on April 17, with political figures saying that they alone had the leverage to ease the tension.

“The situation is better and more relaxed now after the court ruling, therefore the meeting can be held soon. I can’t confirm the date, but Insya Allah [God willing], [the meeting will happen] this month,” deputy head of Jokowi’s campaign team Arsul Sani said, referring to the Constitutional Court’s decision to reject the Prabowo legal team’s petition challenging the presidential election result last week.

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Prabowo’s running mate Sandiaga Uno had hinted that a meeting between the two was imminent, saying that Prabowo was working on the date for the meeting.

Reports suggested there were talks among representatives of the Jokowi and Prabowo camps over a possible alliance. 

Spokesperson of Prabowo's Gerindra Party, Andre Rosiade, who also confirmed the meeting plan, said Prabowo would not come for a political negotiation to join the government coalition, but to ask Jokowi to help his supporters. 

"Several supporters have been detained. Clerics have also been implicated in some cases," Andre said. "Do not mistake [the meeting] as [part of] horse-trading.”