TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Vice president Jusuf Kalla (JK) played an instrumental role in the meeting between President-elect Joko Widodo and former presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train on Saturday, said party vice president Gerindra Arief Poyuono.
"Thank you, Pak (Mr.) Jusuf Kalla, for the meeting of Kangmas (older brother) Joko Widodo e Mas (brother) Prabowo Subianto. This is a first step towards the work of Indonesia (the slogan of Jokowi) to reach the right and prosperous people (the Prabowo slogan) ", declared Poyuono in relation to the meeting of the two former presidential candidates of the 2019 presidential election.
Poyuono admitted that he and Jusuf Kalla had maintained constant communication with each other since May 1, 2019, so that the results of the presidential elections can be accepted by both parties, and that supporters of candidates 01 and 02 can be reunited.
"It is not easy to organize a meeting between these two figures, although in reality they are very close and friendly," he noted.
After the riots in front of the Bawaslu headquarters on May 22, 2019, Poyuono revealed that he and JK had called each other a meeting.
"Mr. JK met Pak Prabowo to calm tensions and restore normality after the riots of 21-22 May 2019.
Before and after the verdict of the Constitutional Court, he and JK had constantly communicated that they were looking for ways to reconcile the two national figures with the objective of bringing the community together.
"Last Friday at 10 am, Mr. JK called me and said it was time to do it Pak (Mr.) Prabowo to meet Mr. Joko Widodo. Mr. JK asked … Rif, where it's Prabowo. I said (he is) in Jakarta, (just arrived) from abroad. Mr. JK said it was time to meet. Mr. JK will speak to Mr. Joko Widodo today, "Poyuono noted.
JK also suggested that the meeting should not be of a formal nature and not concern the discussions on politics.
"I said, ok, Mr. JK. Later, I will also send it to Mr. Prabowo about the proposed meeting. The meeting between Kangmas Joko Widodo and Mas Bowo had a happy ending. We must greet and thank Mr. JK, "he stressed.
Eventually, Jokowi met Prabowo Subianto at the integrated Lebak Bulus Moda Raya (MRT) station. Both then took the MRT train to Senayan station and then headed for lunch together at one of the restaurants in the Senayan area.
During the meeting, Jokowi was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Head of State Intelligence Agency Budi Gunawan, Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and President of the Jokowi National Team Erick Thohir, while the Prabowo camp was represented by the Secretary General of Party of Gerindra Ahmad Muzani, Dasco Ahmad, and Edy Prabowo, among others.
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