Prabowo Subianto. (Antara Photo)

'Reconciliation Meeting' Between Prabowo and Jokowi Likely to Take Place Later This Month


JULY 03, 2019

Jakarta. Prabowo Subianto and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo are set to have their long-awaited "reconciliation meeting" later this month to heal the wounds from a particularly divisive presidential election

On Sunday, Jokowi and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin were declared the official winners of the election after the Constitutional Court threw out Prabowo's challenge

But Prabowo and his running mate Sandiga Uno failed to attend the announcement ceremony at the General Elections Commission headquarters, leading to speculation that a reconciliation between the two fierce rivals is still off the agenda. 

Now a spokesman from Prabowo's Great Indonesia Movement Party has said that the former general will sit down for a meeting with the president sometime in July.

"God willing, Prabowo will meet Jokowi this month," Gerindra spokesman Andre Rosiade said on Wednesday. 

On Sunday, Sandiaga had already indicated that a meeting between the two political leaders, who also competed against each other in the 2014 presidential election, is imminent.

"They are both great statesmen. They will show the people of Indonesia that it is now time to bury the hatchet, reunite and build the country together," Andre said.

According to him, Gerindra has not decided if it will join the government coalition, as has been rumored, or remain as opposition.

"We will wait for Prabowo's decision on that issue," he said.

Prabowo may raise the issue of the arrests of his key supporters after the election at his meeting with Jokowi, according to Andre. But he is unlikely to bring up the thorny subject of power-sharing in the next five years. 

"The main goal of the meeting will be to make sure our country is safe after the election. Safe for our supporters and safe for everyone else," Andre said.