Jakarta (ANTARA) - Democratic Party Joint Task Force Commander Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY) has accepted the invitation of incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) for a meeting here on Thursday.

Sporting a Batik shirt and men's black trousers, AHY, the sixth Indonesian President Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono's son, reached the presidential palace and walked past a security check at around 3:45 p.m. local time.

"I am invited," AHY noted while responsing to journalists' query on the objective behind his visit to the presidential palace.

Without getting into the intricacies of the matter, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko affirmed that the nature of the meeting between AHY and President Joko Widodo was "special."

That meeting convened a day after ulemas supporting the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair congregated for the third time, or termed "Ijtima Ulama III," in Sentul, Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday, during which they issued five recommendations, with one of them underscoring the ulemas' belief of structured, systematic, and massive electoral frauds occurring during the recently concluded presidential elections. To this end, the ulemas have appealed to the Prabowo-Sandi pair's National Winning Body to adopt the necessary legal and procedural measures.

In addition to the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), National Mandate Party (PAN), and Berkarya Party, the Democratic Party officially joined the Prabowo-Sandi camp.

On Apr 17, over 80 percent of the 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia had cast their ballot to elect representatives in the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies.

The public also voted for their preferred presidential and vice presidential candidate pair at over 800 thousand polling stations across the archipelagic nation.

An exit poll conducted by the Prabowo-Sandi pair camp showed them bagging 55.4 percent of the votes, Coordinator of the pair's National Winning Body's spokespersons Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak revealed.

Concurrently, quick count results extracted from several pollsters telecast live by several television stations indicated a steady gain for the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin pair, surpassing the Prabowo-Sandi pair.

Both camps presently look forward to the General Elections Commission's (KPU's) real count, as the final result is legally binding.


Translator: Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Eliswan Azly
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