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Prabowo picks Sandi as running mate

Prabowo picks Sandi as running mate Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno walk around Pondok Indah Market in Pondok Pinang, South Jakarta after inaugurating the first smart market in the city. (kompas.com/Jessi Carina)
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, August 10, 2018 2018-08-10 00:01 1008 b147f6715e2195e5246e701df5241661 2 National #Indonesia,#election,#president,#Prabowo,#SandiagaUno Free

The Gerindra Party, PAN and PKS decided to pair Gerindra leader Prabowo Subianto and Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno without the support of the Democratic Party.

“This is not an easy process. This process is tiring. I have tried to build a big coalition,” Prabowo told reporters at his residence in South Jakarta 11:30 p.m.   

“Sandiaga is the best choice there is. He has made a sacrifice. He is willing to resign from his position as deputy governor so that he can serve the nation and the state.” 

Prabowo practically ignored the reccommendation made by the anti-Ahok Islamist groups that he picked celebrity preacher Abdul Somad as his running mate.

As of 10:30 p.m., the Democratic Party said it still rejected Sandiaga’s candidacy. The party is left with the option of joining either the Prabowo or Jokowi camp. The Election Law bans political parties from sitting out the presidential election.