Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Prabowo Subianto on New Capital: I Support Jokowi's Idea

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  • President Joko Widodo or Jokowi (right) shakes hands with Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Friday, October 11, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    President Joko Widodo or Jokowi (right) shakes hands with Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Friday, October 11, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPrabowo Subianto has thrown his weight behind President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to relocate the capital city to East Kalimantan.

    The Gerindra chief patron made this statement after having a closed meeting with Jokowi at the Merdeka State Palace, Friday, Oct. 11. Prabowo said the planned relocation would be preceded by proper studies.

    “Many studies have been conducted, we support the idea,” Prabowo remarked.

    The President, meanwhile, said he had explained to Prabowo as to the government’s reasons for moving the capital from Jakarta to the districts of Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kartanegara.

    “We have talked a lot about the reasons why the relocation will be to East Kalimantan,” said Jokowi.

    Additionally, Jokowi stated they also discussed the possibilities of Gerindra joining his coalition. However, he added it was not final yet.

    There is also no certainty as to whether Gerindra will clinch a ministerial seat in the upcoming administration of Jokowi and Ma’ruf Amin.

    The meeting of the two national figures, who were rivals in the previous presidential election, was the second after the prior one at the MRT Lebak Bulus Station last July.

    Gerindra Party has not been a member of the pro-government coalition. Since 2014, the party was determined to be the opposition, and in 2019, it nominated Prabowo Subianto as Jokowi’s challenger.

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