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Jakarta Post

Retired generals to dominate 2014 election

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, December 3 2012   /  07:13 am

An analyst has stated that former Indonesian Military (TNI) generals are to be strong contenders in the 2014 presidential race.

Yunarto Wijaya of the Charta Politika think tank said that military individuals such as Army chief of staff Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo, former commander of Special Forces Command (Kopassus) Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto and former TNI chief Gen. (ret) Wiranto would attract a significant number of votes.

“They will have a strong presence. Do not forget that Indonesia was under a military regime for 32 years and we have also been led by a general for the past 10 years, SBY,” Yunarto said, referring to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

A number of former generals are expected to join the 2014 race, including Wiranto, chairman of the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura). Other military generals expected to join the presidential race inclu...