SBY meets Jokowi, telling him to restrain celebration

Presidential visit: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono separately receives presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto (right) in this composite photo at Yudhoyono's private residence in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)

Presidential visit: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono separately receives presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto (right) in this composite photo at Yudhoyono’s private residence in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)

Presidential frontrunner Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and running mate Jusuf Kalla met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at his private residence in Cikeas, West Java, late on Wednesday to discuss security concerns following the refusal of rival candidate Prabowo Subianto to concede defeat.

After a 30-minute meeting, Jokowi expressed appreciation for Yudhoyono’s leadership in ensuring a smooth election.

“The President asked us to restrain our celebrations. We agreed to comply so I called on volunteers, supporters and party cadres to not hold any celebrations starting tomorrow. But it’s OK to hold a mass prayer to express gratitude,” said Jokowi.

Speaking to journalists, Yudhoyono urged both camps to restrain from inflaming tensions.

“Supporters from both camps must be prevented from inciting conflict or violence while waiting for the General Election Commission (KPU) to issue the official result,” he said. JG

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