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Gerindra undecided on joining coalition

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 18 2019   /  12:37 am

The Gerindra Party has decided to hold off on making a decision over whether to join the ruling coalition — at least until the party’s national working meeting in September. The leading opposition party has said that while its elites are leaning toward staying outside the government coalition, it remains divided over whether it should now officially back President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who defeated the party’s leader, Prabowo Subianto, in two consecutive elections. “The party’s political direction would be decided on in September during the national working meeting,” party spokesman Andre Rosiade said at the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Talks over Gerindra’s plan to enter the State Palace escalated on the heels of a meeting between Prabowo and Jokowi at the MRT station in Lebak Bulus over the weekend. The meeting was widely seen as a symbolic gesture of reconc...