Jokowi-AHY Meeting is Effort to Form Coalition, Says Moeldoko



Mahinda Arkiyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said that the planned meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Chief of the Democrat Party's Joint Task Force Command (Kogasma) Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY) is an effort to lure the party to join in the government's coalition.

    "Yes, it seems to be like that," said Moeldoko on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

    Earlier reports suggested that Jokowi will meet AHY in the Presidential Palace, Jakarta this afternoon. Moeldoko said that he would not attend the session as it was a one-on-one meeting.

    Moeldoko did not deny talks on elections would be brought up in the meeting considering the principle of effective government was seeking allies as much as possible.

    "The more coalition, the stronger. Politics is very dynamic. It may change within the last five minutes. People on the other side may possibly be here. It's absolutely dynamic," he remarked.

    According to him, the government always warmly welcomed the opposition party willingly to join in as long as party members of the coalition agreed.

    "But first thing first, it's needed to look for the best way on how building a coalition that can be accepted by all parties and that the government can be truly effective," Moeldoko concluded.