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Commentary: Prabowo still ‘messiah’ for 68.7 million Indonesians

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 22 2019   /  12:45 am

The repeated threats of the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno camp to stage massive street rallies and other expressions of defiance against the government — which they have described as “people power” — seem to have lost much of their relevance following the General Elections Commission (KPU) decision to announce the official results of the presidential and legislative elections early on Tuesday, one day ahead of the May 22 deadline.According to the KPU, incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo won 55.5 percent of the vote (85.6 million votes) and Prabowo gained 44.5 percent (68.7 million). Therefore, although Jokowi was reelected, we should remember that nearly 69 million Indonesians supported Prabowo and the way some of them regard Prabowo is almost reminiscent of a cult personality. They perceive him as the “messiah” for Indonesia — many thought so when a man found a Rp...