Megawati and Jokowi share warm smiles with Prabowo at PDI-P Congress – Politics
News Office (The Jakarta Post)
Fri 9 Aug 2019
The opening of the fifth national congress of the Indonesian Democratic Wrestling Party (PDI-P) on Thursday was another moment that might have been unthinkable for many Indonesians just months ago, in the 2019 presidential election. politically controversial.
PDI-P President Megawati Soekarnoputri and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo warmly welcomed the former opponent of the ruling camp, party boss Gerindra Prabowo Subianto, who attended the opening ceremony of the congress held in Bali. .
In her speech, Megawati thanked Prabowo for taking the time to attend the event, which also saw the appearance of leaders of other political parties, members of Jokowi’s cabinet as well as the elected vice president. Ma’ruf Amin, who sat next to the retired army. general in the first row.
PDI-P matron said she invited Gerindra president to congress during their high-profile meeting on Megawati’s house Nasi goreng (fried rice) at his residence in central Jakarta on July 24.
“At that time, I invited [Prabowo] to come to the PDI-P congress, ”Megawati said. “I told him it was okay if he couldn’t come. It turns out he accepted the invitation.
His statement was greeted with laughter from the audience, including Prabowo and Jokowi.
“Aren’t we all tired of fighting? Let’s keep the fight for later in 2024 ”, continued Megawati, referring to the next presidential election.
In April’s presidential race, Prabowo was at odds with Jokowi and the PDI-P, with the former general contesting the incumbent president’s candidacy for re-election in an election that caused a deep division among supporters of each camp.
The congress followed Gerindra’s efforts to move closer to the ruling coalition, with leaders of the Prabowo-led party hinting that they remain optimistic about joining the government.
While most members of the ruling coalition have expressed reluctance to embrace Gerindra, PDI-P leaders, including Megawati herself, have appeared to open the door, but remain undecided to this day.
Thursday was also the second time for Jokowi and Prabowo to appear together in a public event after their historic reunion following the April elections at the Lebak Bulus MRT station in South Jakarta, where the two took the train and drove had lunch together afterwards.
In his speech following Megawati’s, Jokowi called Prabowo “my dear friend” when addressing the political bigwigs and high-ranking figures present.
“Do not ask me repeatedly to mention Package Prabowo, I surely remember, ”Jokowi joked. (dpk / afr)