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No coalition talks seen in Yudhoyono-Jokowi meet in Bali

Publication Date : 27-08-2014


Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo are meeting in Bali today but they they are not likely to discuss the Democratic Party's future political alignments after Yudhoyono's term ends in October, according to party executive chairman Syariefuddin Hasan.

He added that the Democratic Party had decided to stay neutral and become a "balancer" in the legislative bodies.

“There will be no talk about [creating] a coalition. Yudhoyono just wants to respond to Jokowi’s request to meet with him. The Dems’ commitment is to become a balancer,” said Syarief, as quoted by in Jakarta on Tuesday.

He went on to say that another of Yudhoyono’s purposes in meeting with Jokowi was to honour the Constitutional Court’s (MK) ruling on the 2014 presidential election dispute. In a hearing last week, the court decided to reject the election dispute submitted by the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa ticket.

“As President Yudhoyono said in the last plenary meeting [at the House of Representatives], we should honour the MK verdict and support Jokowi [as the president-elect],” said Syarief.

When asked about what other issues Yudhoyono and Jokowi might discuss in the Bali meeting, Syarief, who is also Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, said issues pertaining to the smooth transition in the government were likely to be discussed

“What I can be sure of is [they will talk about] agenda for the nation,” said Syarief.

On Monday at Jakarta City Hall, Jokowi said that during the Bali meeting, he would call on Yudhoyono to consider reducing fuel subsidies before the end of his term.

Jokowi said he was aiming to reallocate the fuel subsidies to productive sectors to drive economic growth -- particularly in rural areas -- for small- and medium- sized businesses and the agriculture and maritime sectors.


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