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Jakarta Post

Tensions simmer despite Jokowi-Prabowo meetup

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /  06:12 am
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Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (left) meets President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for a ride on the MRT in Jakarta on Saturday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo finally met with his erstwhile opponent Prabowo Subianto on Saturday, but tensions remain as supporters and allies of the Gerindra Party chairman maintain their staunchly anti-Jokowi stance. In their first public meeting since the presidential election in April, Jokowi and Prabowo shook hands at Lebak Bulus Station in South Jakarta before taking a ride together on the country’s first MRT line, which began operations in March. In what was evidently a highly orchestrated affair, the two sometime-rivals wore matching white shirts, chatted privately in a closed car from Lebak Bulus to Senayan Station and had brunch together for half an hour at a restaurant at the FX Sudirman mall in Central Jakarta. As Jokowi and Prabowo got off the train at Senayan Station, people around them chanted "we love you” to express their affect...