Indonesia: Prabowo meets Puan in undisclosed location

  • Opposition leader Prabowo Subianto held a meeting with top Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) official Puan Maharani at an undisclosed location on 18 Jul 18.
  • The leader of the Gerindra Party described his visit with the daughter of PDI-P patron Megawati Soekarnoputri as “a friendly meeting between two family friends”. “I think we’ll meet again. If we want to meet we don’t need to set a serious agenda,” Prabowo said.
  • He said Puan had told him that “she wanted to learn how to ride a horse in Hambalang. And I am happy for that”.
  • The two politicians had planned the meeting in Jun 18, following speculation that the PDI-P would ask Gerindra to join its coalition and endorse President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection bid.
  • Some have said that Jokowi once offered Prabowo a vice presidential ticket. Gerindra, however, has made it clear that it will nominate Prabowo as a presidential candidate.
  • Prabowo added that he might welcome Puan at his private residence in Hambalang, Bogor, West Java.
  • Following the meeting with Puan, he is scheduled to meet Democratic Party chairman and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to talk about a possible coalition.

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