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Prabowo already dressed up, but won’t make it to the party

  • Rendi A. Witular

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 2 2012   /  09:07 am

As an avid polo player, Prabowo Subianto, the former son-in-law of Soeharto, fully grasps the idea that one must look good when playing the sport of kings.

However, the retired special-forces general must also know that a snazzy uniform is not enough to guarantee victory. One must also tame one’s horse, outmaneuver opponents and score goals.

In the past couple of days, Prabowo has been confronted by a daunting challenge to secure a horse that he can use ride into the 2014 presidential election.

Prabowo has certainly presented his best face to the public in recent days, as evidenced by his growing popularity among younger voters. Most pollsters have placed him atop their list of presidential hopefuls.

He has tried hard to overhaul his international profile by attending several prestigious events overseas to help people forget the allegations of human rights...