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Jakarta Post

Gerindra slows Prabowo bid

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 2 2012   /  08:12 am

The Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party says it will delay naming a presidential candidate, throwing a wrench into the plans of party leader Prabowo Subianto.

Gerindra has canceled a national convention slated for later this month to declare Prabowo’s candidacy, citing administrative reasons.

“We must concentrate on the [official] political party verification process, which will take up most of our energy. For this reason alone, we have canceled several party events, including one expected to be a declaration of Pak Prabowo’s candidacy,” Gerindra secretary-general Ahmad Muzani said on Monday.

Gerindra announced the decision following a move from rival political parties, who agreed not to challenge or amend a law that sets a high threshold for parties to nominate a candidate for the presidency.

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