Ex GAM members join Gerindra

Former members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) have joined the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and will support Prabowo Subianto in the 2014 presidential election, the party has said.

Gerindra chief patron Prabowo Subianto has approved the new lineup for the party’s local branch in Aceh, which includes several former GAM members, including deputy Aceh governor and former GAM leader Muzakkir Manaf (Mualem) as a patron, the party said in a statement released on Friday.

Gerindra believes the former members of GAM can help it win the election in Aceh.

The party has installed the former GAM members in strategic positions, assigning TA Khalid as the chairman of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), Maulisman Hanafiah as secretary and Fadhlullah as treasurer, the party said.

Gerindra is also recruiting Acehnese activists, former bureaucrats, former Aceh Legislative Council (DPRA) members, women activists and journalists.

Fadli Zon, the deputy chairman of Gerindra, said he hoped the new leadership lineup in Aceh illustrated that the party is all-inclusive. “We are optimistic about winning in Aceh,” he said.

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