Indonesia’s Opposition Future After Widodo, Subianto First Meeting: Photo by Special

Jakarta (TheInsiderStories) – The first meeting of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and the opposition leader Prabowo Subianto on the train after the 2019 presidential election determined the opposition future. Even so, the General Chair of Gerindra Party did not expressed his official attitude whether he remained in opposition or supported the government.

But, if needed he was ready to support the government. He noted, “The important thing that to create a great and strong nation, let’s unite as a nation.”

While, former vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno told Media about Subianto’ political attitude after the presidential election. The former Deputy Governor of Jakarta said both of them agreed to become opposition.

Uno says both of them wants to become a critical, credible and constructive opposition to the government of Widodo – Ma’ruf Amin. According to him, retired army general Subianto has showed for public his dedication for nation and state.

“Of course, most importantly, Subianto show the most important attitude of statesmen to ensure that Indonesia has good future,” Uno said in Jakarta on Sunday (07/14).

He added, Subianto has a big agenda for Indonesia’ progress. However, he stressed, that to realize the vision, not only stand with government .

“We agree that the role to advance Indonesia is not only the government but also the opposition,” Uno said.

Local Media reported, Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud MD, said that Gerindra Party deserved to be opposition leader. The reason, he stated, that the Gerindra Party has the most votes in the opposition coalition in 2019 election. With the position as the most votes party, it can be used to stand as Opposition.

Is known, the vote recapitulation of Indonesia’ General Election commission stipulates that the Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan Party (PDIP) and Gerindra party each hold the largest votes. On the third position is Golongan Karya Party (Golkar) is 12.31 percent. The fourth position is Kebangkitan Bangsa Party (PKB) 9.69 percent and Nasional Demokrasi Party (Nasdem) is 9.05 percent.

He added that being an opposition could be a government supervisor or control team. The opposition’ task will be a counterweight to every policy taken by government.

Mahfud also considered it good if executive was handed over to Widodo. “So the executive will be managed by Widodo and his supporting parties,” Mahfud said.

Therefore, in order for the government to run in a balanced manner, need opposition role. According to him, both of them were mixed up badly for the people of Indonesia.

In addition, Mahfud also welcomed the meeting between Widodo and Subianto. The realization of the meeting of the two figures who had competed in the contestation of the 2019 Presidential Election was expected to make the community reunited.

The Gerindra Party itself has been an opposition for ten years. One of the spokespersons revealed that it had to be evaluated for 10 years. The same thing happened with PDIP which had been an opposition for ten years and had good and bad judgments.

Gerindra can just walk out of quality and determine her own destiny to join the government. As with the issue circulating, several candidate ministers came from the party. Even though in this case the opposition leader was not confident Gerindra would get that position.

As far as the party itself has not been too serious to think about going to the period of repression, it will take place. Each speculates to survive or not. But the Subianto’ party likes or dislikes must discuss the future of this coalition.

If seen from the seats they get, the Gerindra party has quite a lot of votes with the second position. This potential can certainly strengthen to shift to the government, thus the position of the government coalition will be stronger especially in making decisions in the future.

The interests of the Nation are basically above the interests of the party. In the future, Indonesia’ development agenda is intensely carried out aimed at the welfare of the nation. The very nationalist party is very suitable to support the government in 2019-2024.

Gerindra assets are a large number of seats and as the number two party entrusted by the community. In the Gerindra opposition stronghold is a very strong party.

From the existing track record, for ten years as an opposition Gerindra became a party that was very consistent in making decisions. This party is very stricted in controlling policies that deviate from the government.

As a democracy, the attitude of opposition parties is very important. Indonesia also needs a strong character of opposition so that a balance of power occurs. Strong opposition is also able to control government policies that harm society.

The very militant and nationalist character of the Gerindra party fought for its basic interests was very suitable for opposition. It would be very unfortunate if the gerindra shifted to the government Coalition.

Is known, Based on the General Election Commission data, the votes obtained by the Widodo-Amin pair were 55.50 percent and Subianto-Uno obtained 44.50 percent with a difference of 16.96 million votes. The valid number of votes is 154.26 voters.

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