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Jakarta Post

Jokowi hammers Prabowo in FPI enclave

  • Rendi A Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 16, 2014   /  10:46 pm

Presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has reportedly secured most votes during the July 9 election in an area that is home to the headquarters of hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI).

According to data from the General Elections Commission (KPU), Jokowi secured 7,010 votes in Petamburan subdistrict in Central Jakarta, while rival Prabowo Subianto, who is supported by the FPI, netted 5,027 votes.

FPI chairman Habib Rizieq and his extended family, as well as followers of the organization, live close to one another in the Petamburan area, which is also known to be inhabited by many Indonesians of Arab descent.

During the campaign period last month, the FPI and its senior leadership pledged allegiance to Prabowo and mobilized their followers across the archipelago, particularly in Jakarta, to campaign for the dismissed three-star Army general.  

The FPI is a well-known vigilante group with a record of violence that regularly ransacks bars,  nightclubs, restaurants, massage parlors and karaoke bars, which the group deems are contrary to Islamic teachings. (ren)

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