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Jakarta Post

Prabowo's threats of people power may be ‘treasonous’

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 9, 2019   /  08:24 am
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Two men wear masks of presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto as residents in Joho, Surakarta, Central Java, hold an event on Wednesday to foster harmony in the wake of last week’s elections.(Antara/Maulana Surya )

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has slammed the threat by Prabowo Subianto camp to mobilize “people power”, saying that the idea could be harmful to the nation if it was implemented and such protests could be considered treasonous. Ryamizard commented on journalists’ questions about a suggestion made by Prabowo’s team that they would mobilize people on the streets to protest if the General Elections Commission (KPU) does not address their findings of alleged widespread cheating in the recent presidential election. The former Army general, who has refused to concede defeat and has declared victory multiple times despite quick-count results showing he lost to incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has said that protests may take place if the official count on May 22 confirms his defeat. “As minister of defense, I don’t like the idea of &...