Lots of Ulemas Show Interest in Joining Prabowo-Sandiaga Team

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  • President and Vice President candidate, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, during medical check up in Gatot Subroto hospital, Jakarta, Aug. 13, 2018. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

    President and Vice President candidate, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, during medical check up in Gatot Subroto hospital, Jakarta, Aug. 13, 2018. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential and vice presidential hopefuls Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno have yet to configure the final structure of its campaign team on Tuesday evening. One factor hampering them from completing it is the large number of ulemas that showed interest in joining the pair.

    “Yes, one of the factors is related to the interests shown by a large number of ulemas, habibs, and Islamic boarding school leaders that want to join the team, which is why we are not able to finalize it tonight,” said Gerindra Party Secretary General Ahmad Muzani.

    He further explained that the meeting will be continued today on Wednesday to comply with the deadline set by the General Elections Committee (KPU).

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    “We will be handing over the draft of the campaign team’s structure to the KPU on September 20,” he said. Ahmad went as far to claim that; “The team will comprise of hundreds of people.”

    Despite the number of adjustments needed to be applied to the campaign team, Ahmad said that the political party coalition has agreed on appointing Gerindra executive board Djoko Santoso as the team’s Head.

    The meeting tonight will be attended by public figures affiliated to the ‘212 alumni group’ and activist of the social media hashtag #2019GantiPresiden Neno Warisman, known as a group that demands a change of presidency in 2019.

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