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Prabowo denies asking for SBY'€™S support

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 12, 2013   /  06:16 am

The Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party advisory board chairman Prabowo Subianto said that there was nothing political about his visit to the State Palace on Idul Fitri.

'€œThis is Idul Fitri. I just want to ask for forgiveness of the President. I may have many wrongdoings,'€ he said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Prabowo denied the allegation that his visit was aimed to gain President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono'€™s support for his presidential bid.

'€œThis is only for the sake of Idul Fitri. I have a good relationship with the President so far,'€ he added.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held an open house during Idul Fitri, which was attended by many public figures, including state officials, ministers, diplomats, embassies'€™ representatives and politicians from various political parties.

In October, Gerindra will announce Prabowo'€™s bid to run for president. Based on a survey done by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) involving 1,200 respondents last March, Prabowo ranked third after Megawati Soekarnoputri and Aburizal Bakrie in terms of popularity with a total of 19.2 percent of likely voters.

 

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