Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has reiterated that he is ready for a reconciliation meeting with opposition leader Prabowo Subianto.
“Yes, (the meeting) can be held anywhere, even while riding horses, in Yogyakarta, or while riding the MRT (Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit),” Cabinet Secretary's website quoted president Jokowi as saying.
“Most importantly, we have to join hands to advance this country and to build this country,” President Jokowi said in Gianyar, Bali on Friday.
The President’s statement came in response to the advice from Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X during the President’s visit to Yogyakarta last week. The Sultan expressed hope for an immediate reconciliation between both presidential candidates during the meeting.
Indonesia held its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters elected the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) concluded the vote recapitulation process at the national level on May 21. KPU named the incumbent as the winner of the 2019 presidential race.
Not long afterwards, the opposition leader expressed his rejection to the KPU's official tabulation result. Few days later, his campaign team filed a legal challenge with the Constitutional Court (MK) over accusations of extensive and systematic fraud in the presidential election.
According to the election agency, Jokowi gathered 85,607,362 votes or 55.5 percent of the votes. On the other hand, his rival Prabowo Subianto collected 68,650,239 votes or 45.5 percent of the votes.