03 July 2019
- President-elect will seek meeting with challenger following court’s confirmation of electoral results but deal regarding cabinet formation unlikely
- Jokowi will continue to seek reconciliation meeting with rival to calm persistent political tensions in aftermath of April polls
- President-elect’s need to prioritise rewarding allies when forming Cabinet means Prabowo unlikely to join government coalition
The Constitutional Court confirmed President Joko Widodo’s (“Jokowi”) election victory on 27 June, rejecting opposition challenger Prabowo Subianto’s claims of fraud. Several thousand Prabowo supporters protested in Jakarta against the ruling, but there were no reports of violence, and Prabowo himself said he accepted the outcome. Jokowi was officially declared President-elect on 30 June, when Prabowo also disbanded the opposition coalition that had backed his candidacy. That same day Prabowo’s running mate Sandiaga Uno said the challenger…
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