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Religious fervor marks Prabowo's largest open rally

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, April 8, 2019   /  09:33 am
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A screen shows cleric Rizieq Shihab addressing the crowd in a video call from Mecca, Saudi Arabia during Prabowo-Sandiaga's largest open rally on April 7.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Mass prayers, religious chanting and ubiquitous Islamic attire gave a religious tint to the campaign rally held by the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno candidate pair at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Sunday. It was the largest rally they have held before election day on April 17. Tens of thousands of people in white shouted Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest) repeatedly during the event that also presented a number of Muslim figures, including a video call from Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The political event started very early at 3 a.m., followed by a mass dawn prayer, zikir (chanting), munajat (whispered prayer) and Quranic tilawah(recital). A number of political bigwigs attended the rally, including National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais and chairman Zulkilfi Hasan, Prosperous Justice Part...