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Gerindra to reappoint Prabowo as chairman in extraordinary congress on Saturday

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 7, 2020   /   06:15 pm
Gerindra to reappoint Prabowo as chairman in extraordinary congress on Saturday Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto delivers a speech during the party's 12th anniversary at the Gerindra Central Executive Board (DPP) office in South Jakarta on Feb. 6. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Gerindra secretary-general Ahmad Muzani has said that the party is set to reappoint Prabowo Subianto as its chairman in the upcoming extraordinary congress, which is to be held at Prabowo's residence in Hambalang, Bogor, West Java, on Saturday.

"This is the result of the previous national leadership meeting, where 34 Regional Representatives Council [DPD] members asked for Prabowo's willingness to lead the party [again] in the next five years," Muzani said on Thursday evening, as quoted by tempo.co.

The national leadership meeting, which was conducted on June 4, also resulted in a decision to hold the extraordinary meeting both offline and online amid the ongoing health crisis.

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Those attending the congress in person, however, would be asked to undergo a swab test first to make sure they were free from the coronavirus, Muzani said, adding that they were also required to comply with health protocol during the meeting by wearing face masks and keeping a distance from one another. 

"We'd like to thank the Health Ministry for facilitating the swab testing for the congress participants," he said.

In addition to appointing the party's chairman for the 2020-2025 term, the congress will also have Prabowo deliver the accountability report of the party’s central executive board.

Prabowo, who is also the defense minister, has led Gerindra since 2014, replacing then-chairman Suhardi, who passed away in August 2014. (vny)