Denying Clash with SBY, Prabowo: Once a Senior, Always a Senior

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto denied the allegation related to bad realtionship between the Prabowo-Sandiaga National Campaign Agency (BPN) and the Democrat Party. After a closed meeting joined by leaders of the Great Indonesia Movement party (Gerindra) and Democrat party, Prabowo stated he never doubted the commitment of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).

    Prabowo recognized the Democrat Party chairman as a country's leader and former general who have precise calculation and strategy. Prabowo explained that he considered the synergy between both parties is gradually improving.

    "I never doubted SBY's commitment," said Prabowo in a press conference at SBY's residence, Jalan Mega Kuningan Timur VII, South Jakarta on Friday, December 21, 2018.

    According to Prabowo, as a party leader, he and SBY rarely meet each other due to their tight schedules on campaigning the party in various regions. However, meetings on the level of secretary-general were always established.

    Prabowo further expressed his respect to the sixth President of Indonesia. He stated that during ten years of SBY's administration, he felt convenient and never experienced any substantial conflict.

    Prabowo also acknowledged SBY as his senior. "In our corps, once a senior is always a senior," said Prabowo to SBY in front of media reporters.

    Prabowo then delivered his gratitude to SBY and Democrat Party whose support served as strong encouragement for his struggle. "Once more, thank you pak SBY and Democrat Party," he concluded.

    FIKRI ARIGI