Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) made a video message during a break fasting event with the journalists. The message raises a question whether the Democratic Party is trying to distance itself from Gerindra and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno’s Coalition? Moreover, the Adil Makmur Coalition has recently been reported to have experienced a rift.
In his message, Indonesia’s sixth president stated that he has willingly accepted the results of the 2019 General Election, even though the number of votes for his party dropped to only 7.7 percent from 10.1 percent in the 2014 election. The Democratic Party Chairman also talked about his defeat against Hamzah Haz in his efforts to accompany Megawati Sukarnoputri in 2001.
The statement was clearly different from Prabowo Subianto who continued to issue statements about election fraud. This had heated up domestic politics, causing mass rallies in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building. The rallies ended with clashes that claimed lives.
“We willingly accept the results of this election,” SBY said. Furthermore, he also talked about his good relations with the PDI-P General Chairwoman Megawati to this day.
According to Democratic Party’s supporters, SBY’s statement aimed at reuniting all rival parties. Democratic Party Advocacy and Legal Division Head Ferdinand Hutahaean said the chairman’s directives were generally intended to solve all issues in a constitutional manner. “Not by way of mobilizing the masses,” Ferdinand told Katadata.co.id on Tuesday (5/28).
His party also began to establish relations with the government. SBY’s eldest son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), had met Jokowi twice at the beginning and middle of May. Although it did not mention their position in the coalition, the meeting was also related to the actual conditions after the elections on April 17, 2019. AHY even asked the public to act wisely in this democratic fiesta.
“The best move for us is to wait until the last count, which will be officially announced by the KPU [General Elections Commission],” he said.
General Election Results for Democratic Party and PAN Since 2004
AHY had also held a meeting with several regional heads who clearly supported the Jokowi-Ma’ruf pair in Bogor on May 15, such as Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak, South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rahmi Diany, and Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas. Yenny Wahid, the daughter of Indonesia’s fourth president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), also attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, parties supporting the candidate pair 02 were only represented by Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto as the host of the meeting, who is actually a PAN cadre, and West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zulkieflimansyah, who is the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) cadre. We also cannot regard Bima, who initiated the meeting, as one of Prabowo’s supporters because he is actually committed to supporting the incumbent president to continue his administration.
The meeting was criticized by Gerinda Deputy Secretary General Andre Rosiade. According to him, AHY along with Jokowi’s supporters were maneuvering when the general election count was not over yet. “As a young politician, I cannot accept that there was a meeting with the regional heads which was later considered to want to support peace,” he said.
This polemic heated up when Gerindra Deputy General Chairman Arif Poyuono expelled the Democratic Party and PAN. However, the vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno immediately issued a clarification by saying that the two parties were still part of the Adil Makmur Coalition. “Our coalition remains solid,” he said.
A few days later, Ferdinand Hutahaean left the coalition. He cannot accept the ridicule made by Prabowo-Sandiaga’s supporters against Ani Yudhoyono, who was being treated for blood cancer. As a member of Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno's National Winning Team (BPN), he was actually quite active in dismissing negative issues against Prabowo-Sandi.