Prabowo Subianto, left, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

Prabowo Considers Meeting With Jokowi; Sandiaga Congratulates Opponents


JULY 01, 2019

Jakarta. Defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is considering a meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a reconciliatory move widely seen as crucial to repairing the rift that formed during this year's presidential election.

"Prabowo told me that he would make a decision [on meeting with Jokowi]," Sandiaga Uno, his former running mate, said after meeting with him in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Many hoped Jokowi and Prabowo would meet during the official announcement of the result by the General Elections Commission (KPU) in May, but the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairman and his running mate did not attend the event.

The Constitutional Court last week dismissed the Prabowo camp's challenge of the result, which showed Jokowi and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin winning by 55.5 percent of the vote.

In his acceptance speech on Sunday, Jokowi called on Prabowo and Sandiaga to work together for the future of Indonesia.

Separately, Sandiaga is seen congratulating Jokowi and Vice President-elect Ma'ruf Amin in a video that went viral on Monday.