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General Prabowo Subianto

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President

Gerindra
 
Background

Employment History

  • Head
    Gerindra
  • Chairman
    Great Indonesia Movement Party
  • President
    Indonesia
  • Commander
    Indonesia
  • Chief
    Indonesia
  • Commander
    Army
  • Commander of the Strategic Reserve Command
    Army
  • Chief
    Army
  • Commander
    Kopassus
  • Head
    Kopassus
  • Chairman
    Himpunan Kerukunan Tani Indonesia
  • Governor
    Jakarta
  • Mayor
    Jakarta

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Advisory Board
    Gerindra
  • Founder
    Great Indonesia Movement Party
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Web References
On July 9, the voters will ...
www.dailypioneer.com, 7 July 2014 [cached]
On July 9, the voters will be choosing between two presidential candidates - Mr Joko Widodo (also known as Jokowi) and Mr Prabowo Subianto.
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Jokowi's opponent, Mr Subianto is president of the Gerindra (Great Indonesian Movement) Party which was formed in 2009. He has a mixed background of military and business. The son-in-law of former President Soeharto, he rose to a high position in the Indonesian Army.
Mr Subianto came into the spotlight internationally for his 1996 covert operations in East Timor. He played an important role in suppressing the rebellions there, which led to mnay human right abuses in that country.
In 1998, Mr Subianto was promoted to the head of the 27,000-strong Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad). A key Jakarta garrison, it supervises operational readiness among all the commands and carries out defense and security operations as per the policies of the Indonesian Army commander.
Having served in the Army at a very high position, Mr Subianto, now a successful businessman, has emerged as a shrewd politician who has succeded in bringing smaller political parties to his side.
Indonesia presidential elections 2014, Indonesia presidential candidates, Prabowo, Bakrie, Megawati,, Sri Mulyani
www.indonesia-digest.net, 13 April 2014 [cached]
Prabowo Subianto Gerindra
Prabowo ranked highest as presidential candidate Jakarta (ANTARA News) Prabowo Subianto, chairman of the Advisory Board of Gerindra is ranked highest as a presidential candidate,
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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".
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Prabowo Subianto , the former commander of Indonesia's special forces and a leading candidate for president, tells me in a private meeting.
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No Indonesian political figure has a higher presidential electability rating than Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.
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meets with chief patron of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto,
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Gen. (ret.) Prabowo Subianto has led to speculation that the two have struck a deal for a political alliance ahead of the 2014 presidential election.
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Prabowo Subianto
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Mr. Subianto and Mr. Bakrie, given their nationwide popularity and financial resources, among other things.
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Mr. Subianto's party is polling in the single digits. Given that parties must win or be in a coalition that holds at least 20 percent of the seats in Indonesia's House of Representatives to nominate a presidential candidate, he currently looks unlikely to get a nomination.
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followed by Prabowo Subianto with 8.46 percent, Jusuf Kalla with 7.06 percent,
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Prabowo Subianto follows with 8.46 percent, Jusuf Kalla 7.06 percent, Hidayat Nurwahid 5.17 percent, and Ani Yudhoyono 4.13 percent.
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Other presidential candidates whom the general public prefer after Megawati are, successively, Prabowo Subianto (10.8 percent), Aburizal Bakrie (8.9 percent), Wiranto (7.3 percent), Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X (6.5 percent) , Hidayat Nur Wahid (3.8 percent), Surya Paloh (2.3 percent), Sri Mulyani (2 percent), Ani Yudhoyono (1.6 percent), Hatta Rajasa (1.6 percent), Anas Urbaningrum (1, 5 percent), Sutanto (0.2 percent), and Djoko Suyanto (0.2 percent).
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Gen. (ret.) Prabowo Subianto, the founder of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra); and former Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
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Prabowo Subianto, former Army Strategic and Reserve (KOSTRAD) commander and 2009 vice presidential candidate [7]
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A survey by the Reform Institute pegged Aburizal as the early favorite with 13.58 percent, followed by Prabowo Subianto with 8.46 percent, Jusuf Kalla with 7.06 percent, Hidayat Nurwahid with 5.17 percent and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono with 4.13 percent.
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Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prabowo Subianto
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Prabowo Subianto follows with 8.46 percent, Jusuf Kalla 7.06 percent, Hidayat Nurwahid 5.17 percent, and Ani Yudhoyono 4.13 percent.
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Other presidential candidates whom the general public prefer after Megawati are, successively, Prabowo Subianto (10.8 percent), Aburizal Bakrie (8.9 percent), Wiranto (7.3 percent), Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X (6.5 percent) , Hidayat Nur Wahid (3.8 percent), Surya Paloh (2.3 percent), Sri Mulyani (2 percent), Ani Yudhoyono (1.6 percent), Hatta Rajasa (1.6 percent), Anas Urbaningrum (1, 5 percent), Sutanto (0.2 percent), and Djoko Suyanto (0.2 percent).
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Prabowo Subianto, former Army Strategic and Reserve (KOSTRAD) commander and 2009 vice presidential candidate [7]
Prabowo Subianto, the head ...
kerrycollison.blogspot.com, 5 Dec 2012 [cached]
Prabowo Subianto, the head of the Gerindra Party and currently the leading presidential candidate for 2014, is seizing on the corruption issue as one of a number of populist planks in his platform. While he was a Suharto-era general, the one-time son-in-law of the late strongman, has recast himself as an unlikely reformer.Asia Sentinel
Jokowi leading against ...
www.asia-pacific-solidarity.net, 22 June 2014 [cached]
Jokowi leading against Prabowo: Survey - Jakarta Post. June 18, 2014
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Prabowo: 'Do I have the guts, am I ready to be called a fascist dictator?' - Allan Nairn.
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"After the military attack, Mapenduma was declared a military operational zone, the aftermath of which was various human rights violations, several military officers must be held accountable, including [presidential candidate] Prabowo Subianto", he asserted.
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Mr. Subianto, who faces Jakarta Gov.
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The investigating council of then-generals, including current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, recommended Mr. Subianto's discharge after finding that he acted unilaterally to detain the students and violated other army regulations, according to the document.
Mr. Subianto's campaign declined to comment on the document or Mr. Blake's call for an investigation of the candidate.
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One campaign representative said in a television interview that the discharge scenario had been engineered by Mr. Subianto's political foes to blacken his name.
Mr. Subianto also has pointed out that some of the kidnap victims from 1998 have joined the Gerindra political party he founded and support his candidacy for president.
The US government has long been concerned by Mr. Subianto's alleged involvement in human-rights violations committed by Kopassus, the Special Forces unit that he headed. He received US military training twice in the 1980s but later was denied a visa to enter the US because of his rights record.
It is unusual for a US ambassador to discuss another nation's candidate for president during the closing weeks of a campaign. The embassy said the ambassador's statement wasn't meant to target Mr. Subianto but to highlight the need for accountability for human-rights abuses during the Suharto era.
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For Mr. Subianto, the son-in-law of former dictator Suharto, the human- rights accusations could threaten his campaign just as he has been surging in polls.
The heightened examination of his record as a general coincides with Sunday's debate focusing on defense and foreign affairs, which should play to Mr. Subianto's strengths.
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"I know where your question is going," Mr. Subianto replied, his voice rising.
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Former Army Chief Wiranto, who was Mr. Subianto's superior and is supporting Mr. Widodo, said Mr. Subianto ordered the students' kidnapping on his own initiative and that the action violated army policy.
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Former Army Chief Wiranto, who was Mr. Subianto's superior and is supporting Mr. Widodo, said Mr. Subianto ordered the students' kidnapping on his own initiative and that the action violated army policy.
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In response, Mr. Subianto's campaign filed a complaint with the national elections commission saying that Mr. Wiranto's accusation was unfounded.
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The panel concluded that Mr. Subianto committed the crimes of insubordination and kidnapping and that he violated professional ethics by not following military rules, according to the document.
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Prabowo has 'no need to respond' to Wiranto's claims
Jakarta Globe - June 20, 2014
Markus Junianto Sihaloho & SP/Yohannes Douglas, Jakarta – Presidential candidate and former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto declined to respond to former Army chief Wiranto's televised claims on Thursday that Prabowo was discharged from the military for ordering the kidnapping of pro-democracy activists in 1997 and 1998, acting on his own initiative.
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"There's no need to respond, I have no response," Prabowo, who is chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), said on Friday. "Let the public decide."
He refusing to answer questions from journalists, instead saying that Indonesians would provide the answer on July 9, the day of the presidential election.
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"With things out in the open, the KPU should dismiss Prabowo from the election until we get a clear legal procedure, because the development of a legal procedure can be monitored and controlled by a president," he said.
"If [President] Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono keeps on being silent, we need to suspect that he is going to be a part of Prabowo Subianto's regime – we can see this already from the fact that many Democratic party politicians have openly supported Prabowo.
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The comments were made by Wiranto, who was armed forces chief 16 years ago when Subianto was dismissed from the military and whose small Hanura party is now part of the coalition led by Subianto's only rival, Joko Widodo.
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Subianto has admitted to ordering the abduction of activists involved in a student movement that eventually toppled the three-decade Suharto dictatorship in May 1998, during the Asian financial crisis, but has maintained he was acting on orders from above.
He was sacked from the military as strategic army reserve commander months later, but denied he ordered the activists' torture or had any connection to 13 who went missing and one found dead. Twenty-three were abducted in total.
A four-page document of investigation findings by a military ad-hoc team was leaked online earlier this month recommending his dismissal. It stated Subianto had ignored the military's hierarchy and ordered a team to kidnap the activists.
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Subianto was once a distant second to the hugely popular Widodo but he has become a serious contender as the July 9 poll approaches and the popularity gap between the candidates narrows.
The kidnappings have become a sore point for him and he has been known to snap at journalists who ask him about human rights abuses and often refuses to answer.
An investigation in 2006 by Indonesia's human rights commission included victims' accounts of beatings and torture at the hands of Subianto's unit.
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The kernel of that discontent was the unilateral endorsement by Suryadharma Ali – the chairman of the United Development Party (PPP) – of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential candidate from the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).
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Prabowo Subianto: will he be Indonesia's next president?
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"We will say this to Prabowo Subianto: claiming to be the chairman of HKTI is unethical and wrong, as it can create a restive environment and uneasy atmosphere among HKTI committee and members," Benny said.
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Joko Widodo, the popular governor of Jakarta, has long built up a reputation for clean and transparent governance; his rival, Prabowo Subianto, has never personally been implicated in any graft allegation, while his party, the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), is considered one of the cleanest at the national level, in terms of officials linked to graft cases.
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Simon Butt – In late May 2014, Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa formally registered with the General Electoral Commission as presidential and vice presidential candidates.
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[The outside world should be worried by the possibility that Prabowo Subianto could become Indonesian president, writes Edward Aspinall, but the biggest losers will be Indonesia's own people.]
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Prabowo Subianto, Jokowi's only rival in a two-candidate race, has promised to respect Indonesia's democracy. But there is much in his personal history, his rhetoric, and his political style to suggest that a Prabowo presidency would pose a significant threat of authoritarian reversal.
Indonesia US Relations
www.indonesia-digest.net, 17 Jan 2015 [cached]
Political uncertainties remain, however, as Subianto announced Wednesday he plans to file a legal challenge in the nation's highest court.
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But the Widodo victory takes at least one sensitive issue off the agenda - the human rights record of Prabowo, said Doug Paal, who served as White House director of Asian affairs under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
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Prabowo, a former commander of Indonesia's notorious special forces, has been accused of ordering the disappearance of political activists before Suharto's fall, allegations that reportedly led to him being denied a U.S. visa.
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The ambassador underlined that his intent was not to target Prabowo - who has been denied entry to the United States because of his human rights record - but to highlight the need for accountability for human-rights abuses. However, the timing of his statement is questionable.
He could have made it long before the election, or afterwards. Such a statement sends a signal to the world that the United States leans toward Joko Widodo, and does not want Prabowo to become president
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Hashim said Nairn had been used by Prabowo's rival to tarnish his image.
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Blake's statement is widely understood to concern Prabowo - former commander of Kopassus, the Indonesian Army's Special Forces Command - who is now facing off with Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo in the country's presidential race. Prabowo has been accused of involvement in human rights abuses in East Timor during the early 1990s as well as the kidnapping of pro-democracy activists in Jakarta in 1998.
Wiranto, commander of the Indonesian Military (TNI) at the time, recently confirmed that Prabowo had been discharged from the force for ordering the abduction of the activists, 13 of who remain missing to this date.
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Aleksius Jemadu, another foreign-policy observer, said in an opinion piece published by the Jakarta Globe on Monday that Blake's statement may indicate the United States' preference of Joko over Prabowo.
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"Despite the fact that both presidential hopefuls emphasize the importance of economic independence in their platforms, over the last few days, Prabowo has spoken in a tone that can be interpreted as unfriendly toward major foreign corporations in Indonesia," said Aleksius, who is dean of the School of Government and Global Affairs at Pelita Harapan University.
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The statement is understood to refer to Prabowo, the former head of the Army Special Forces (Kopassus) and Army Strategic Reserves (Kostrad), who is accused of rights abuses in East Timor in the early 1990s and the abduction of pro-democracy activists in Jakarta in 1997 and 1998. Dino denied that he was speaking out in support of Prabowo - who has the backing of most senior Democrat officials, despite the party officially adopting a neutral line - saying instead that he wanted to see both candidates "unite over this principal matter" of foreign meddling.
Prabowo, who has spooked foreign investors with his nationalist rhetoric, embellished that standing even further with comments at a discussion in Jakarta on Saturday in which he called for Indonesia to reject Western ideals such as direct elections.
"Consciously or not, our [political] elites were all educated by the West, including [former president] Sukarno, [former vice president Mohammad] Hatta, [former prime minister Sutan] Syahrir, and even myself. We're products of the West," Prabowo said as quoted by Kompas at a culture dialogue at the Taman Ismail Marzuki cultural center in Central Jakarta. He said that as a result, Indonesia had adopted Western cultural and political ideals and held them above Indonesian ones, "even though they're not appropriate." "But we've gone too far," he said as quoted by Merdeka.com. "Like direct elections - we've already gone down that path. It's like someone addicted to smoking; if we ask them to stop, the process will be difficult. "I believe much of our political and economic systems go against [Indonesia's] fundamental philosophy, laws and traditions, but what's done is done. We need a new consensus."
If Prabowo becomes president, it will have been through a direct election - the very concept he questioned.
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With opinion polls pointing to falling popular support for Widodo-who was earlier touted to be a likely overwhelming winner-intensive efforts are being made to prevent a victory by his opponent, Prabowo Subianto .
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Prabowo, a former general, son-in-law of Suharto and commander of the notorious Kopassus elite special forces, is a wealthy business figure and founder of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).
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On June 22, the newspaper published an article based on the email and citing Blake's call for Indonesia to investigate alleged human rights abuses by Prabowo.
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Washington's concerns today are that Prabowo is too nakedly associated with the brutal record of the Suharto era-which the US backed for three decades-plus his nationalist rhetoric against Indonesia being tied to the interests of the United States.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the outgoing president, sought to balance between the US and China, Indonesia's biggest trading partner, but there are fears that Prabowo will be more resistant to US pressure to line up behind Washington's aggressive "pivot" to Asia to militarily and strategically encircle Beijing.
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The July 4 Jakarta Post editorial denounced Prabowo for affiliating with "hard-line Islamic groups" and "religious thugs.
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The editorial insisted that Prabowo was "embedded in a New Order-style of transactional politics that betrays the spirit of reformasi.
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After mentioning Prabowo's "tainted record on human rights," its July 5 article denounced him as a "master of money politics" who "bashes foreign investors.
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Widodo's coalition encompasses the Muslim-based National Awakening Party, the National Democrat Party led by media tycoon Surya Paloh and the Hanura Party led by ex-army commander Wiranto who, himself tainted by loyal service to Suharto, has been releasing the dirt on Prabowo.
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Both Widodo and Prabowo have resorted to nationalist rhetoric to divert attention away from faltering economic growth, revealing the impact of the global downturn, while feigning commitments to protect people's "welfare.
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Such a statement was perceived to be an indirect rejection of Prabowo Subianto and a tacit endorsement of Joko Widodo.
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Mr. Subianto, who faces Jakarta Gov.
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Mr. Subianto's campaign declined to comment on the document or Mr. Blake's call for an investigation of the candidate.
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One campaign representative said in a television interview that the discharge scenario had been engineered by Mr. Subianto's political foes to blacken his name. Mr. Subianto also has pointed out that some of the kidnap victims from 1998 have joined the Gerindra political party he founded and support his candidacy for president.
The U.S. government has long been concerned by Mr. Subianto's alleged involvement in human-rights violations committed by Kopassus, the Special Forces unit that he headed. He received U.S. military training twice in the 1980s but later was denied a visa to enter the U.S. because of his rights record.
It is unusual for a U.S. ambassador to discuss another nation's candidate for president during the closing weeks of a campaign. The embassy said the ambassador's statement wasn't meant to target Mr. Subianto but to highlight the need for accountability for human-rights abuses during the Suharto era.
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The heightened examination of his record as a general coincides with Sunday's debate focusing on defense and foreign affairs, which should play to Mr. Subianto's strengths. But the human-rights issue could leave him vulnerable.
The Widodo campaign, which also has the backing of former top generals from the Suharto era, has sought to focus attention on the rights issue.
During the first debate June 9, when the candidates were joined onstage by their running mates, Mr. Widodo's vice presidential candidate, Jusuf Kalla, asked Mr. Subianto how he would repair damage from past human-rights violations and how he would handle the issue in the future. "I know where your question is going," Mr. Subianto replied, his voice rising.
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Former Army Chief Wiranto, who was Mr. Subianto's superior and is supporting Mr. Widodo, said Mr. Subianto ordered the students' kidnapping on his own initiative and that the action violated army policy.
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Former Army Chief Wiranto, who was Mr. Subianto's superior and is supporting Mr. Widodo, said Mr. Subianto ordered the students' kidnapping on his own initiative and that the action violated army policy.
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In response, Mr. Subianto's camp
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