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Jakarta Post

2019 hopefuls Prabowo, Sandiaga start health checks

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 13, 2018   /   12:56 pm
2019 hopefuls Prabowo, Sandiaga start health checks Presidential and vice presidential hopefuls Prabowo Subianto (left) and Sandiaga Uno (right) wave to journalists on Aug. 13 before their 12-hour health check at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Jakarta. The General Elections Commission (KPU) requires all candidates for the 2019 presidential election to undergo a health check to test their fitness. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto, 66, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, 49, arrived at Central Jakarta's Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) on Monday morning to undergo their health checks, one of the requirements for candidates of the 2019 presidential election.

Arriving separately at the hospital, the two will undergo a 12-hour medical check that includes neurological, cardiological and psychiatric tests administered by a joint team of medical professionals from the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) and Gatot Subroto hospital. The team will submit the results to the General Elections Commission (KPU) within two days following the health check.

Sandiaga, who has resigned from his position as Jakarta deputy governor, asked for the people's blessings to pass the physical and mental health check.

In between the series of tests that commenced at 8 a.m. on Monday, Prabowo said that he was not fond of medical checks.

“I am afraid of doctors and needles. I’d rather skydive,” the former Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) commander told journalists, as reported by

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, 57, and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin, 75, underwent their health checks on Sunday. Jokowi’s son, Kaesang Pangarep, stated that his father was “very healthy”. (ris/rin)