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Jakarta Post

Prabowo a ‘liability’ for PDI-P

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 26 2012   /  09:30 am
Prabowo Subianto: (JP/P.J. Leo)(JP/P.J. Leo)

Prabowo Subianto: (JP/P.J. Leo)Although the presidential election is 17 months away, prospects dimmed for Prabowo Subianto after members of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) downplayed their alliance with the retired general’s Great Indonesian Movement (Gerindra) Party.

Several PDI-P leaders agreed that the party was unlikely to extend a partnership forged with Gerindra in Jakarta’s recent gubernatorial election following Prabowo’s boast that he contributed the most to the victory of the apparent winner, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

“We’ve learned our lesson,” PDI-P senior politician Taufiq Kiemas said on Monday. Taufiq, the husband of PDI-P chairperson Megawati Soe-karnoputri and the speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly, added that “this might possibly end the coalition”.

Separately, PDI-P secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo to...