Indonesia's Prabowo finally congratulates president-elect Widodo

Indonesia's Prabowo finally congratulates president-elect Widodo
Prabowo Subianto, leader of the Red-and-White Coalition.

JAKARTA - Indonesia's losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said on Friday his party would support President-elect Joko Widodo, but would not hesitate to criticise any of his policies that they opposed.

Prabowo met with Widodo for the first time publicly since the former Jakarta governor was declared the winner of Indonesia's July 9 presidential election, the closest ever. Widodo takes office on Monday.

The comments from Prabowo, who leads the opposition coalition that controls parliament, should help ease concerns from Indonesian and foreign investors of political gridlock in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

"I conveyed that the party I lead, my supporters, I will ask them to support Joko Widodo and the government he will lead," he told reporters after their meeting in Jakarta.

"When there are things that we judge to be not for the benefit of the people...we will not hesitate to criticise."

Prabowo, who is a former general, congratulated Widodo and saluted him after the press conference.

"Our objectives are the same ... everything will be done for the good of the nation," Widodo told reporters.

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