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Jakarta Post

KPK arrest could sour Jokowi-Prabowo alliance

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Presiden Joko Widodo (left) shakes hands with Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (left) during a meeting at FX Senayan shopping mall, in Jakarta, on July 13, 2019.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano
Jakarta   ●   Thu, November 26, 2020

The arrest of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Minister Edhy Prabowo and members of his inner circle in the early hours of Wednesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has sent shock waves through the capital’s political circles and could test the limits of the relationship between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his former rival in the 2019 presidential election Prabowo Subianto, who currently serves as Defense Minister.

KPK investigators moved to arrest Edhy, considered by many to be one of Prabowo's most trusted aides, soon after he landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, from his official visit to the United States. Also arrested was Edhy's wife Iis Rosita Dewi.

He was later named as a suspect, along with five other officials, for allegedly taking bribes and gratuities in exchange for the...

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