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Prabowo, SBY deal looking more likely

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 13 2013   /  04:23 pm
Old soldiers: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) meets with chief patron of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, at his office in Jakarta on Monday. The two former generals discussed the current political situation and a possible coalition. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)(right) meets with chief patron of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, at his office in Jakarta on Monday. The two former generals discussed the current political situation and a possible coalition. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)

Old soldiers: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) meets with chief patron of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, at his office in Jakarta on Monday. The two former generals discussed the current political situation and a possible coalition. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)The widely publicized meeting between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and chief patron of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Lt. Gen. (ret.) Prabowo Subianto has led to speculation that the two have struck a deal for a political alliance ahead of the 2014 presidential election.

The meeting between Yudhoyono and Prabowo appeared to have been stage-managed to get the widest media coverage possible, with the schedule for the meeting being distributed hours before the meeting took place.

Prabowo, who is a former commander of the Special Forces...