Friday, 20 September 2019

Jokowi on Issue of Gerindra Joins Government: All is Possible

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  • TEMPO.CO, Denpasar - President-elect Joko Widodo or Jokowi said he did not rule out the possibility of Gerindra Party joining the government coalition in the future.

    "Yes, everything is possible in politics," said the President at Grand Inna Bali Beach on Thursday, August 8.

    However, he claimed that there has been no internal discussion about the matter. "No, we have not yet met with the coalition party leaders. We will talk later about an additional member of the coalition," he added.

    Rumors spread that Gerindra Party has a privilege entrance to move closer to the government coalition as signaled by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), which is the main party supporting the former Jakarta Governor.

    The issues strengthened after the party's chair Prabowo Subianto met his political rival on July 13 in an MRT station. Then on July 24, Prabowo met with PDIP Chair Megawati Soekarnoputri. Prabowo was even invited to the PDIP V Congress in Bali on Thursday, August 8.

    Gerindra deputy head, Fadli Zon, asserted that if his party decides to join the Jokowi - Ma'ruf Amin coalition, he will continue to voice the public interest, remain vocal and critical against the government.

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