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Jakarta Post

‘Pecel’, ‘sate kambing’ spice up Jokowi-Prabowo meeting

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 13, 2019   /   04:55 pm
‘Pecel’, ‘sate kambing’ spice up Jokowi-Prabowo meeting President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (right) talks to Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto during their MRT trip on Saturday. The meeting, which lasted about 17 minutes, was the first between the two leaders after the April presidential election. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto finally met and had a meal together on Saturday, ending their rivalry over the presidential election.

The 30-minute lunch started at around 11:00 a.m. at Sate Khas Senayan at FX Sudirman shopping mall in South Jakarta after they had ridden the new MRT together.

National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Budi Gunawan, Gerindra secretary-general Ahmad Muzani and Jokowi’s former presidential campaign chairman, Erick Thohir, also had lunch with them.

Sate Khas Senayan serves traditional Indonesian food.

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said Jokowi and Prabowo had chosen the restaurant because Prabowo likes sate kambing (goat satay) while Jokowi likes pecel (traditional vegetable dish on peanut sauce) and fried tempeh and tofu. 

"So, there was good chemistry today [Saturday] and the meeting went well," he said.

Pramono said the two had agreed to meet at Lebak Bulus MRT Station and ride the new line because they wanted to show the public that the transportation culture in the country has changed.

The two spoke for about 17 minutes during the trip from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Senayan, he said.

Pramono said there would be a follow-up meeting between Jokowi and Prabowo in the future, but they had yet to decide on a time. (awa)