Prabowo Subianto on SBY: We Share the Same DNA

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  • Democrat chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (L) shakes hands with Gerindra chief patron Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, July 30, 2018. TEMPO/Subekti.

    Democrat chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (L) shakes hands with Gerindra chief patron Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, July 30, 2018. TEMPO/Subekti.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Gerindra Party helmsman Prabowo Subianto said his meeting with Susilo "SBY" Bambang Yudhoyono, the chairman of the Democrat Party, at his Kertanegara residence today was focusing on multiple issues, among them a coalition deal, adjusting visions on the country, and the people's future. The talks lasted for two hours. 

    After the meeting, Prabowo reiterated SBY's advice for him. "Mas Bowo, if you are later given the mandate to lead this country, you must focus on the fact that your administration is for the Indonesian people’s interests,” said Prabowo today. 

    Read: Prabowo Subianto Serves 'Coffee 08` to SBY during Talks

    The Gerindra top man said he took the advice and would use it as a cornerstone and part of his committment. 

    Prabowo added he and SBY could easily see eye to eye as both have military backgrounds. “We have the same DNA as former Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) soldiers who are committed to executing the Pancasila (Five state ideologies) and the 1945 Constitution,” said Prabowo. 

    Prabowo Subianto said the meeting was not filled with rethoric, but rather an open and honest one and was based on clear views. 

    DEWI NURITA