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Jakarta Post

Prabowo favors Anies even though he is not party member

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 23, 2016   /  08:55 pm
Prabowo favors Anies even though he is not party member All ready -- Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (left) speaks to journalists ahead of the official endorsement of former cultural and education minister Anies Baswedan and Gerindra politician Sandiaga Uno (right) as Jakarta gubernatorial and deputy gubernatorial candidates on Sept. 23. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto has expressed his support for former education and culture minister Anies Baswedan to contest the Jakarta gubernatorial election next year on the party’s ticket.

"Anies is neither a member of the Gerindra Party nor the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). However, we do not require that a candidate come from a political party because we want the best for the capital," Prabowo said at his house in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Friday.

Prabowo also praised noted businessman Sandiaga Uno who will run as deputy governor candidate. He believed that Anies and Sandiaga were the candidates most capable of developing Jakarta into a more prosperous city. 

Prabowo also thanked PKS for not resisting Gerindra’s decision to choose Anies over Mardani Ali Sera, who was the former’s first choice. Attending the official declaration, Mardani said PKS was committed to leading the Anies-Sandiaga pair to victory in the election. 

"Personally, I want to say that I will support Anies and Sandi to lead Jakarta. All PKS members are ready to help them achieve victory," Mardani said. (ebf)

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