TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto opened up at the Indonesian Economic Forum (IEF) today and lamented about how often he is accused of being an ISIS sympathizer. He also said that people suspect him of intending to establish a caliphate once he is elected into office at the upcoming 2019 presidential election.
“The fact is that I established a political party under oath adhering to the Pancasila (five national ideologies), my party is multiracial, multiethnic, and multifaith,” said Prabowo at the IEF event in Shangri-La Hotel today.
During his second time of publically addressing the multiple ‘ISIS accusations’ against him, Prabowo said that this public perception would often sadden him and spark worries that it would affect his chances in the upcoming election.
According to Gerindra Party Secretary-General Ahmad Muzani, Prabowo felt the need to clarify his position and openly address the accusations.
“Prabowo is a true [nationalist]. To have him labeled as such is something that is truly impossible,” said Muzani at the same location today. He openly said that it is a clear character assassination against Prabowo during Indonesia’s political year.
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