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Prabowo enters Indonesia’s 2019 election race after months of indecision

19 12 4

FOR followers of Indonesian national politics it will feel like déjà vu, as Prabowo Subianto and the incumbent President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo look to re-face each other for the top job next year in a presidential rematch.

The former general has been a controversial figure, but nonetheless remains widely popular across the Indonesian electorate. He thus represents the biggest potential threat to Jokowi’s election platform.

Prabowo is an enduring fixture of Indonesian political life. After having married former President Suharto’s daughter and overseen a controversial tenure as commander of the Army’s special forces, he has made the transition into career in business and politics, eventually on the national stage.

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As party chairman and chief patron, Prabowo has long been tipped to lead Gerindra (Great Indonesian Movement Party) into the 2019 election race, but it was only last Wednesday at the national coordination meeting that this was officially declared.

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© Asian Correspondent