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Jokowi consolidating support for 2nd term

Signs that his rival's coalition partners may switch allegiance to him ahead of final election results

Two weeks after Indonesians went to the polls on April 17, President Joko Widodo received a special guest at Istana Merdeka.

On May 2, while the country was still on tenterhooks awaiting the official election results, Mr Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono was seen at the presidential palace. Mr Agus is the son of former president and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, but as the party's leader-in-waiting, his meeting with Mr Joko immediately set tongues wagging.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2019, with the headline 'Jokowi consolidating support for 2nd term'. Print Edition | Subscribe