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Jakarta Post

Prabowo comes very close to power — as minister

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23 2019   /  12:29 am

After a failed presidential nomination bid, an unsuccessful run for the vice presidency and two consecutive losing presidential campaigns, Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto is now closer than ever to a position in the executive branch. In a twist of fate, the former Army general’s best shot at joining the branch has come thanks to his erstwhile opponent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Amid a flurry of what appeared to be meetings over ministerial appointments at the State Palace on Monday and Tuesday, Prabowo's meeting with Jokowi stood out as a particular surprise. Prabowo told reporters after the meeting on Monday that he had been asked to help the President “in the field of defense”, an apparent reference to the position of defense minister. Gerindra executive Riza Patria said Prabowo was uniquely suited to the position.“Pak Prabowo is a military man who is clever, ...