PDI-P hails Prabowo as
Megawati's running mate

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has chosen former army general with possible ties to human rights violation Prabowo Subianto as a running mate in the upcoming presidential election.

Speaking after the party's national summit in Lenteng Agung, South Jakarta, secretary general Pramono Anung said Megawati's running mate must be an individual who possessed a fighting spirit.

"PDI-P is well known as a political party that fights. Therefore, it is very important for the vice-president candidate to have such quality," PDI-P secretary general Pramono told a press conference.

Pramono said Prabowo, founder of Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), was favored by almost all of party representatives from 33 regions.

"The official announcement and final composition of PDI-P's president and vice-president candidates will be made to public before the deadline on May 9," he added.

Prabowo's "fighter" persona is sufficiently backed by his past history as the one of New Order's top dog generals.

He has been considered by many to be the leading actor behind activists abduction at the dawn of the New Order era in the late 1990's, through a so called "Rose Operation".

Most of those activists are still missing and the possibility of their demise is second to none, judging from the time frame of their abduction to the present date. (hdt)

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