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Jakarta Post

[DISCOURSE] I’m not a kingmaker: Jusuf Kalla

  • M. Taufiqurrahman and Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 6, 2020   /  11:49 pm
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Former vice president Jusuf Kalla(JP/Seto Wardhana)

After leaving office last year, former vice president Jusuf Kalla could have enjoyed a quiet retirement – he in fact had planned to go on a weeks-long cruise before COVID-19 hit. But last week, he was back in the news after a Democratic Party politician made a public statement insinuating that Kalla was responsible for bringing controversial cleric Rizieq Shihab back home from his self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia. One of Kalla’s daughters filed a defamation suit against the politician, Ferdinand Hutahaean, particularly over what she deemed was a slur used against Kalla. The Jakarta Post’s M. Taufiqurrahman and Ina Parlina spoke with Kalla at his private home in South Jakarta last week, first about Rizieq before branching out to other subjects of importance. Question: The return of Rizieq to Indonesia has led to much speculation about national politics, with some me...