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Soeharto’s half brother supports Ahok: Campaign team

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, March 17, 2017 | 11:25 am
Soeharto’s half brother supports Ahok: Campaign team Jakarta governor candidate Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama holds a discussion with supporters at his campaign team headquarters Rumah Lembang in Jakarta before the first round of the election on Feb. 15. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A)

Jakarta governor candidate Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s campaign team spokesman Ruhut Sitompul has said Probosutedjo, a businessman who is the half brother of the late president Soeharto, has thrown his support behind the incumbent in the April 19 election runoff.

Ruhut claimed that Probosutedjo invited Ahok to his house on Jl. Diponegoro, Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. 

“The two of us went [to Probosutedjo’s house]. Probosutedjo’s wife really supports Pak Ahok. She a Ahoker (Ahok supporter),” Ruhut said as quoted by Kompas.com on Friday.

He further said that in the meeting, Probosutedjo introduced his staff to Ahok. They welcomed the governor and took pictures with him, he added.

Ruhut said Probosutedjo had supported Ahok and his running mate, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, in the first round of the election on Feb. 15. 

Meanwhile, one of Soeharto's daughter,  Golkar Party member Titiek Soeharto, reportedly supports Anies Baswedan and his running mate Sandiaga Uno. Her support contradicts the party's decision to endorse Ahok and Djarot in the election. (cal/ebf)

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