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Candidates say no to PKI, HTI

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, March 30, 2019   /  09:28 am
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Standing for the rights: Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members and sympathizers of Islamic organizations from Greater Jakarta stage a rally to protest the the 2017 Regulation in a Lieu of Law (Perppu) on Mass Organizations in Jakarta on July 17, 2017.(JP/Ibrahim Irsyad)

The upcoming debate between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto on Saturday may serve as a stage for the two candidates to defend themselves against accusations about their respective ideological stances. The debate, which is set to focus on the topics of ideology, governance, security and foreign affairs, will once again pit the presidential candidates against each other, but analysts predict the two sides may take a more defensive than offensive approach, especially regarding ideology. Since the 2014 election, Jokowi has been plagued by allegations that he is a sympathizer of the long-banned Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and insinuations that he is anti-Islam, secretly a Christian, and would disband the Religious Affairs Ministry and put a stop to other religious organizations and traditions. Prabowo, meanwhile, has had to...