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'Exclusive' rally splits Democrats, Prabowo

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9, 2019   /  09:16 am
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Supporters of presidential candidate pair Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno sit on a field at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on April 7.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Just over a week before the presidential election on April 17, tensions within candidate Prabowo Subianto’s camp have emerged following a rally that was marked by Islamic religious fervor. The Democratic Party, one of the political parties supporting Prabowo’s bid, expressed objections to the run up to and the taglines of Prabowo’s campaign event on Sunday in Senayan, Jakarta. The party’s patron, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a written statement to three senior party officials that the rally was “too exclusive” because it was dominated by Islamic symbolism and activities. Sunday’s rally started early at 3 a.m., with the agenda including mass dawn prayers at the stadium, zikir (chanting), munajat (whispered prayers) and Quranic recitals. A number of Muslim figures, including chairman of hard-line group the Islam Def...