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Bali meeting with Jokowi a new tradition in power transition: Yudhoyono

The Jakarta Post/ANN | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (L) meets president-elect Joko Widodo in Nusa Dua Indonesia's resort island of Bali on August 27, 2014.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono praised a closed-door meeting between him and president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, which was held in Nusa Dua, Bali, saying that it is part of their attempt to prepare a smooth power transition.

"This won't be our last meeting. There will be other follow-up meetings after this," Yudhoyono addressed a press conference on Wednesday.

Yudhoyono said he had shared his minds on various important matters with Jokowi during the two-hour meeting but then refused to elaborate further. He said further technicalities would be served as topic discussions between his team of presidential staff and Jokowi's team from the house of transition.

Yudhoyono had also shrugged off any speculations that the meeting would be utilized to negotiate political interests.

"This meeting isn't about political negotiation," he said.

Commenting on the meeting, Jokowi said he appreciated Yudhoyono's insights, especially those on the 2015 state budget.

"I appreciate the insights, especially those concerning the 2015 state budget. Off course we will have follow up sessions to further discuss the technicalities," he said.

Jokowi expected that by doing this meeting, the upcoming administration could learn from its predecessor.

Previous speculation surfaced that Jokowi would use the meeting to ask Yudhoyono's administration to increase the prices of subsidized fuel as to avoid further deficit in the state budget.

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