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Prabowo Subianto
The loser, Prabowo Subianto, conceded defeat, but he continues to claim that the election was marred by massive fraud. Prabowo Subianto Prabowo Subianto is a former career soldier and ex-lieutenant general in Indonesia's Special Forces. He served in that post during the rule of former autocrat Suharto, to whose daughter he was once married. In 1998 he was discharged from military service for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of democracy activists who protested against Mr. Suharto and eventually drove him from power. Mr. Subianto has denied any involvement. In 2008 he co-founded the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and ran as the vice presidential candidate in the 2009 election on a ticket with then-president Megawati Sukarnoputri. Her party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, is backing Mr. Subianto's competitor, Joko Widodo. Mr. Subianto is also the head of the Indonesian Farmers Association and is connected to the country's lucrative mining and palm oil industries through his brother, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, one of Indonesia's richest men. The Indikator Politik Indonesia survey, which polled 1,220 people from April 22 to 26 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, found 29 percent would choose a team of Prabowo and Rajasa. The Golkar Party has finally decided to throw its support behind Prabowo Subianto, the presidential candidate from the Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, surprising many who had considered it more likely that Golkar would support Joko Widodo from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P. Speaking at Rumah Polonia in East Jakarta, the house of former president Sukarno, Prabowo said his candidacy had received the support of the National Mandate Party, or PAN; the Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS; the United Development Party, or PPP; and Golkar. "Indonesia's major political parties such as PAN, PKS, PPP and Golkar have decided to give their support to us," Prabowo said in a televised speech. "As a former soldier I feel like the past few months have been more exhausting - Indonesian politics is exhausting." "Today is a historic day for all of us because the leaders who will initiate the change in the nation have been officially declared," Gerindra chairman Suhardi said. "We ask for the blessings of all Indonesians for the candidacy of Prabowo and Hatta," he added, referring to Hatta Rajasa, the PAN chairman who will share Prabowo's ticket in the July 9 presidential election. Suhardi said Prabowo and Hatta, with their respective military and business backgrounds, would make a compelling case to the Indonesian people. "As a great nation Indonesia needs a leader with ideas and abilities to execute them and that can been seen in Prabowo and Hatta," he said. Golkar chairman Aburizal Bakrie has communicated with Prabowo Subianto, it was decided last night." The announcement by Prabowo that he had secured the support of Golkar is a boon to his campaign but it remains to be seen whether the support of Golkar's formidable election machine will translate into a boost in the polls. Prabowo Subianto of the Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, is also expected to register later today. Just days after his high-profile meeting with Aburizal at his Bogor ranch, which ended in smiles and handshakes, Prabowo opted for Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa, also the chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and Yudhoyono's in-law, as his running mate, while Joko is widely expected to pick former vice president and Golkar senior figure Jusuf Kalla. Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The national leadership meeting of the United Development Party (PPP) has finally decided to support the presidential aspirant from the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, stated PPP Chairman Suryadharma Ali. file:///M|/_EJI/__Websites/indodigest/2300elections2014prabowo.htm "Finally, at the end of our meeting at 2 a.m., on Monday, we officially decided to support Prabowo Subianto as the presidential candidate in the July 9, 2014 presidential election," Suryadharma Ali remarked. He noted that there were three options at the start of the meeting on Saturday: Prabowo, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), and Aburizal Bakrie of the Golkar party with PPP Deputy Chairman Lukman Hakim Saefuddin as Aburizals running mate. But, the meeting, which was held on Saturday and lasted till early Monday morning, to determine the direction of its coalition finally decided to coalesce with Prabowo. "I do not mind [being vice presidential candidate], and neither does Prabowo," Aburizal told reporters after a meeting with Prabowo in Hambalang in Bogor, West Java, on Monday. "I do not mind [being vice presidential candidate], and neither does Prabowo," Aburizal told reporters after a meeting with Prabowo in Hambalang in Bogor, West Java, on Monday. "Prabowo talked about his policies and they look good. Prabowo on his part also indicated that his party would be looking into a potential political partnership with Golkar. "Soon we would like to have a political partnership. We are optimistic about doing something good for the people and for our country. We promise to meet and talk more," Prabowo said. of that will be discussed tomorrow and of course it is likely the meeting [on Monday] with Prabowo will be discussed." The latest survey by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SRMC) showed that Joko remains the most electable candidate today, with Prabowo in second place. "Without a vice president, Joko would earn 51.6 percent, while Prabowo would earn 35.7 percent. Golkar-Gerindra Coalition's President: Aburizal Bakrie or Prabowo Subianto? Prabowo Subianto, an ex-special forces general vying to be president, would build a "people economy" and boost funding tenfold for the agriculture industry that 70 percent of Indonesians depend on for a living, he said in an interview on March 19. A document outlining the political commitment of PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri to support the presidential nomination of Prabowo - Gerindra Party chief patron - in the 2014 presidential election was leaked to the public only a day after the PDI-P announced the Jakarta governor's nomination on Friday, providing PDI-P's political opponents with a reason to question the integrity of the party and its leader. The document, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, contains seven articles and was signed by Megawati and Prabowo on May 16, 2009, the day they registered with the General Elections Commission (KPU) as presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2009 presidential election. Two articles, for example, stipulate that should Megawati and Prabowo win the 2009 election, the latter will be assigned to handle the country's economic policies and granted a right to handpick related ministers, including agriculture minister, finance minister and energy and mineral resources minister. The last article, considered the most crucial point, mentions Megawati will "support the nomination of Prabowo Subianto as a presidential candidate in the 2014 presidential election". Prabowo is considered the most popular presidential candidate if Jokowi is taken out of the equation, according to various political surveys. PDI-P deputy secretary-general Hasto Kristianto said he had learned about the leaked document but refused to comment on its authenticity. He, however, did not deny all the agreements outlined in the document. "Such political agreements should be seen in the whole context, meaning all clauses in the document can only be implemented should the [Megawati-Prabowo] pair win the 2009 presidential election," he said. Prabowo Subianto , the former commander of Indonesia's special forces and a leading candidate for president, tells me in a private meeting. Among the potential presidential candidates, Prabowo has spoken most forcefully about the dangers of endemic graft and rising intolerance. He is also the person that many observers believe represents the country's best hope for curbing corruption and Islamic extremism before it leads to violence. Talking privately with Western ambassadors and business leaders, it is striking how often somebody mentions that Prabowo could become the Indonesian version of Lee Kuan Yew - th


In a recent interview with The Jakarta Post, Wahyu, who actively promotes the rights of Indonesian migrant workers, expressed his concerns over the increasing popularity of Gerindra Party chief patron and presidential hopeful, Prabowo Subianto, who previously topped pollsters' surveys of the most popular presidential candidates - until Jokowi was included among their number.
The Jakarta-based National Survey Institute (LSN), for example, released the results of a survey in July last year, which revealed that Prabowo, a former chief of the Armys Special Forces (Kopassus), was the most popular political party leader. Previously in September 2012, a Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) survey also showed that Prabowo would garner the most votes (19.1 percent) if an election were to have taken place then, leaving behind other party leaders, such as Megawati with 10.1 percent and Aburizal Bakrie of the Golkar Party with 10 percent. Prabowo would go forward without a hitch if Jokowi wasn't running, and if that happened, Indonesia's dark history would repeat itself," Wahyu said. "Now we can breathe a sigh of relief because Prabowo is not the only presidential candidate being idolized. Prabowo and the Hanura Party's chairman, Wiranto, are alleged to have been involved in the forced disappearances of activists, which the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) have declared as gross violations of human rights. A 2003 Komnas HAM report alleged that Prabowo, in his capacity as Kopassus commander, and Wiranto, then commander of the Indonesian Military (TNI), were responsible for the human rights violations that occurred during extensive rioting in Jakarta in 1998, which marked the beginning of the end of Soeharto's New Order regime. The commission's investigation found that "security authorities at the time failed to curb widespread riots that were taking place simultaneously". A military investigation by the Officers Honorary Council (DKP), of which President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was a member, also found that the abduction of 23 activists during the 1998 riots was committed by Kopassus troops with the help of several military institutions and the police. Eleven Kopassus soldiers were sentenced in February 1999 to varying terms of imprisonment, up to a maximum 24 months, for their alleged roles in the disappearances, while Prabowo was stripped of his post. So far, there have been no court proceedings against either Prabowo or Wiranto, despite the years of calls for justice by relatives of the 13 activists who were never found, including Wiji.


According to a poll conducted by the Soegeng Sarjadi Syndicate last year, Mahfud was among the favorites to run for president behind Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chief Prabowo Subianto, a former leader of the Indonesian Military's Special Forces Command, who has been shadowed by allegations of human rights violations. (yps)


Retired three-star army general, Sintong S. Panjaitan, the former commander of the Army's Special Forces, or Kopassus, whose last official position was as special adviser on military and defense to former president, BJ Habibie, published "The Journey of a Commando," a book that could put a bad light on two former senior military officers who also happen to be running for president: Prabowo Subianto and Wiranto. [full story…]
Prabowo Subianto: Indonesia's Dark-Horse Candidate [31 March] [full story…] Last week Sintong, whose last official position was as special adviser on military and defense to former president, BJ Habibie, published "The Journey of a Commando," a book that could put a bad light on two former senior military officers who also happen to be running for president: Prabowo Subianto and Wiranto. Titled Sintong Panjaitan: A Journey of a Para-Commando the biography discusses the role played by several retired officers in high-profile conflicts who are now running for the presidency, including Prabowo Subianto and Wiranto. When Prabowo Subianto, leader of the Great Indonesia Movement party, appeared at a campaign rally in the central Java city of Yogyakarta last week, his articulate stump speech was all about the need for regime change. The wildcard is the new Great Indonesia Movement party led by Prabowo Subianto, a former Suharto son-in-law whose military career was cut short in 1998 after his involvement in the kidnapping of some two dozen activists, 13 of whom disappeared. During that time, Kopassus was led by Suharto's then son-in-law, Prabowo Subianto. In a strange twist of fate, Pius is a candidate representing the Gerindra party, which is led by Prabowo Subianto, the head of Kopassus during the time Pius was kidnapped. It was Prabowo Subianto, the presidential candidate of the Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, who first proposed the postponement. If anything, the speculation, and fears, have only heightened now that the contenders in July's presidential polls include four retired military generals - incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of the Democratic Party; Wiranto, chairman of the People's Conscience Party, or Hanura; Prabowo Subianto, chief patron of the Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra; and former Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso. Nothing is humorous in a situation where four retired generals - Prabowo Subianto, Wiranto, Sutiyoso and the current president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - are campaigning for election to the highest office within the gift of the Indonesian people. Prabowo Subianto is the Indonesian military counter-intelligence officer widely credited with enticing Guterres to become a spy and later a militia leader for Jakarta. Mr Subianto went on to head the notorious special forces unit Kopassus and is now running a well-financed bid for Indonesia's presidency.


But negotiations broke down at the last minute, when Prabowo, Soeharto's former son-in-law, with his small Gerindo party, agreed to be her running mate.
Take, for instance, Megawati and Prabowo's "people's economy. What does this mean? As the wealthiest of the candidates, Prabowo was born with a silver spoon. After being discharged from the military during the fall of his then father-in-law, Suharto, he became a businessman, and a very successful one at that. Currently he keeps a stable of dozens of horses, some of which reportedly cost up to Rp 3 billion ($297,000). Does he really expect people to believe he knows what it feels like for a family of three to survive on Rp 10,000 a day? His campaign team was swift to say that these expensive horses have actually served the country, representing Indonesia in competitions and such, but surely there are other, more sensitive ways to boost Indonesia's standing in the world of sports. One of Prabowo's businesses is palm oil and pulp, both of which are notorious for their environmental impact. Is he serious when he talks about sustainable agriculture? A respected economist has warned that this talk of a "people's economy" is risky and that there is a danger that the speaker will prove to be a demagogue who will whip up emotions and take us all for a roller-coaster ride. Jusuf Kalla claims that he and Wiranto, the retired general, will accelerate development, but if the tragic violence surrounding the East Timor referendum and the horror of Jakarta in May 1998 are any indication of Wiranto's leadership skills, it is impossible to imagine him as anything but a handicap to accelerating development. In this respect, it seems that only Megawati and Prabowo have declared their commitment to guarding the foundations of our state, for example with their promise of revoking the discriminative antipornography law, which was pushed through the legislature by the parties of Yudhoyono and Kalla last year. Another worrying development is the emergence of Prabowo from the Gerindra Party and Wiranto from Hanura Party as candidates for vice-president. Official government documents have identified Prabowo and Wiranto as responsible parties in several human rights cases from the past, including the activist kidnappings in 1997-98, Semanggi I and II, the May 1998 tragedy and violations in East Timor. "The former chief of the Army's Special Forces [Kopassus], Prabowo Subianto, and military chief Wiranto have never been charged," said Ruyati Darwin, the mother of Eten Karyana, a University of Indonesia student who was killed in the Yogya department store fire in East Jakarta. Prabowo, although better known as head of Kopassus, was heading the Army Strategic Reserve (Kostrad) in May 1998. - Prabowo says he favours greater use of geothermal energy and bio-ethanol crops to address energy shortages. Speaker: Prabowo Subianto, Indonesian vice presidential candidate Prabowo is seeking to reignite his political career, after previous efforts in seeking to become a presidential candidate himself failed. PRABOWO: If the process is clean, honest, no cheating I think we'll do well. PRABOWO: I think our whole strategy would be different, we consider the present economic strategy to be not solving the problems of the Indonesian economy, Indonesian people. PRABOWO: At least 15-20 per cent, more spending in the villages, more spending for schools, more spending for poly-clinics, job creation and we don't believe in handouts. PRABOWO: Eleven years ago a lot of accusations were been held against me, none of them have been proved. PRABOWO: The military has withdrawn from politics but every country needs a strong defence capability. Prabowo refused to talk about his past when questioned by The Sunday Times last week. Over the years he has repeatedly denied all the allegations. But they will not go away. He served four tours of duty in East Timor, where Indonesian occupation forces were accused of war crimes including torture, rape and murder. In the last years of the Suharto regime, special units under his command were blamed for abductions and disappearances of pro-democracy activists. The Indonesian media reported widespread rumours that he organised mobs to loot, burn, kill and rape throughout Jakarta's Chinatown in 1998 in an attempt to sow chaos and pave the way for a coup. After Suharto stepped down, Prabowo was accused of threatening the new president, B J Habibie, by deploying his commandos around the palace. Prabowo went into exile but has made a comeback thanks to a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign funded by his brother, a tycoon. He is standing as running mate to Megawati Sukarnoputri, who served an undistinguished term as president from 2001 to 2004. "I would like to see Indonesia as a more prosperous and self-reliant country and to be able to better manage its resources for the benefit of the people," he said. Megawati is the daughter of Sukarno, Indonesia's first president, while Prabowo is casting himself in Sukarno's role as a friend of the poor. Prabowo Subianto, the running mate of former President Megawati Sukarnoputri is allegedly responsible for the disappearance of dozens of pro-democracy activists in May 1998 during the final days of the Suharto era. Many of the disappeared have still not been accounted for. He also undertook a tour of duty in East Timor. Deputy Chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Fadli Zon said Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prabowo planned to develop people's economic and social rights if elected later on. Prabowo, former Army Special Force (Kopassus) commander, was also accused of the kidnapping and murder of anti-Soeharto activists during the 1998 turmoil but never faced trial. Both Wiranto and Prabowo managed to develop political comebacks after creating their own political parties. Wiranto founded Hanura while Prabowo established the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra). People with money to invest should seek financial advice from none other than Prabowo Subianto, the running mate of presidential candidate Megawati Sukarnoputri. He has managed to increase his wealth 160-fold, from Rp 10.1 billion ($1 million) in 2003 to Rp 1.6 trillion today. No mean feat given Prabowo spent most of his professional career in the military, not in business. However, it must be said, he does come from one of Indonesia's most prominent families. His brother-in-law, Soedradjad Djiwandono, also happens to be a former governor of the central bank, while Prabowo himself was once married to one of former President Suharto's daughters, a business player in her own right with assets running into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Prabowo, he added, also has cash holdings of $2.8 million in rupiah and foreign currencies, in addition to assets such as jewelry, a stable of 84 thoroughbred horses and a dozen motor vehicles, "but no private jet." A KPU official disclosed that Prabowo personally donated $1.5 million to the campaign, with Megawati making up the balance. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto have called on a host of retired military top brass as their trusted advisers to put Sun Tzu's Analysts say Yudhoyono's squad of former spooks may have met their match in the lineup picked by Prabowo, the running mate of presidential candidate Megawati Soekarnoputri. Prabowo, himself a legendary Kopassus commander between 1995 and 1998, is spearheading the campaign team by drawing up its tactics and on-the-ground execution. "For instance, Megawati and Prabowo tend to apply lethal, sudden attacks because of the strong Kopassus influence there." Businessman and younger brother of Prabowo Subianto. Role: Financier, strategic planner and logistics provider. Jumped ship after the April 2009 legislative elections to side with Megawati and Prabowo.

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