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
Take, for instance, Megawati and Prabowo's
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.
keeps a stable of dozens of horses, some of which reportedly cost up to Rp 3 billion ($297,000).
really expect people to believe he
knows what it feels like for a family of three to survive on Rp 10,000 a day?
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.
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
, 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.
favours greater use of geothermal energy and bio-ethanol crops to address energy shortages.
Speaker: Prabowo Subianto, Indonesian vice presidential candidate
is seeking to reignite his
political career, after previous efforts in seeking to become a presidential candidate himself failed.
: If the process is clean, honest, no cheating I think we'll do well.
: 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.
: 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.
: Eleven years ago a lot of accusations were been held against me, none of them have been proved.
: The military has withdrawn from politics but every country needs a strong defence capability.
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.
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.
went into exile but has made a comeback thanks to a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign funded by his
brother, a tycoon.
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
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.
, 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.
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.
, 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.
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.
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.
, 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
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