Jokowi intensifies talks with Prabowo coalition

President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says he is communicating with members of losing candidate PrabowoSubianto’s coalition amid pressures to strengthen his own coalition, which currently consists of four parties compared to seven on Prabowo’s side. The Jakarta Post reported. 

Jokowi said on Saturday that he had met with members of Prabowo’s red-and-white coalition, but had not seen anything promising.  He recently said there was a possibility that the ruling Democratic Party and the National Mandate Party (PAN), whose chairman HattaRajasa was Prabowo’s running mate, would switch sides to Jokowi.

Fueling speculation, PAN central executive board chairman DidiSupriyanto said Hatta and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri have intensified communication since the Constitutional Court delivered its final ruling on Thursday to uphold the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) decision to declare the Jokowi-JusufKalla ticket winner of the July 9 presidential election.

“But that does not necessarily mean that there will be political cooperation [in the future] because such a decision has to be made through party mechanisms,” Didi told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, adding that for now PAN remained in Prabowo’s coalition.

Didi said that Prabowo’s coalition remained strong and that it held meetings almost every day to discuss what steps to take following the court ruling and to create strategies it would follow as opposition camp in the House of Representatives (DPR).

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