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Gerindra: Increasingly popular opposition party

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4, 2019   /  10:02 am
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Prabowo Subiyanto (center) smiles in the middle of crowd after he speak to supporters during the Gerindra Party campaign rally in Tabanan, Bali on Monday 17 March 2014. The Gerindra Party became the leading opposition party after the 2014 general election. (JP/Agung Parameswara)

The Gerindra Party became the leading opposition party after the 2014 general election. The April 17 elections will be the third time the nationalist party has taken part in national elections. Cofounded in 2008 by former commander of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) Prabowo Subianto along with his younger brother, businessman Hashim Djojohadikusumo, politician Fadli Zon and former deputy spy chief Muchdi Purwopranjono, the Pancasila-based political party ran for elections for the first time in 2009. Gerindra is closely associated with Prabowo in the same way that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is with former president Megawati Soekarnoputri and the Democratic Party is with former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Prabowo, who is challenging President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the presidential election for the second time, is linked to ...