TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Djoko Santoso, the deputy chairman of the Gerindra Party's supervisory council, said a number of ulemas from the National Movement to Safeguard the Ulema Fatwa (GNPF) would be included in the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team under the banner of a Religious Taskforce.
“There will be a Religious Task Force,” said Djoko at the Gerindra headquarters in Ragunan on Monday, August 20. The planned existence of this task force was corroborated by Sandiaga Uno in a separate event.
However, Djoko stopped short of revealing the identities of the ulemas. "There is no announcement yet. It is inappropriate to reveal them now," he said. Djoko also balked at answering a question whether Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab was among the clerics.
According to Djoko, the task force will comprise religious leaders from various religions other than Islam. He maintained that the religious task force was tasked to unite the public during the 2019 presidential election. “The general election must be peaceful,” he said.