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Jakarta Post

Parties show greater resistance to include Gerindra after Mega-Prabowo meeting

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 26, 2019   /  02:07 pm
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Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri (left) and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Following a meeting between Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) matron Megawati Soekarnoputri and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto on Wednesday, political parties in the ruling coalition have shown greater resistance to allowing Gerindra in their fold. On the same day, NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh from the ruling coalition met with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, a politician once favored as a presidential candidate by opposition party Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), raising speculation over NasDem’s course after the 2019 elections.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will serve his second and last term as President, setting up what observers say is a level playing field for those aspiring to run for the country’s top job in the next presidential election. In addition to talks over the upcoming Cabinet, political parties that gai...