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Commentary: Political rhapsody: Jokowi will not let Prabowo go

  • Kornelius Purba

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, October 24 2019   /  12:16 am

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? The answer to the latter from "Bohemian Rhapsody" is, of course, no. On Oct. 23, Prabowo Subianto officially became President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s subordinate for the next five years. Titiek Soeharto’s former husband was accompanied by his only son, Didit Prabowo, during the Cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.Will Prabowo become duri dalam daging (a thorn in the side) of Jokowi’s new government? Or will, as many doubt, the former general be a proverbial “Ronaldo” or “Messi” to kick the Cabinet forward? Some suspect the President’s choice for the Defense Ministry was one of mere political expediency. But Jokowi may see something in Prabowo that others do not.Prabowo has pledged loyalty to his unexpected boss in his efforts to hasten the country’s development, especially in his specialty: military affairs. I be...