Monday, 16 September 2019

Prabowo Campaign Team Irritated by Pro-Caliphate Accusations

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  • Women wearing full-face veil gesture next to a banner of presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, as they attend a campaign rally in Bandung, West Java, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    Women wearing full-face veil gesture next to a banner of presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, as they attend a campaign rally in Bandung, West Java, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Spokeswoman for Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno campaign team (BPN), Dian Islamiati Fatwa, said that the team is greatly disturbed by the people accusing them of being in favor of a caliphate ideology and Islamic state.

    “I even announced on social media that I would file a lawsuit against those that still bring up the issue of caliphate,” said Dian to Tempo at the Royal Kuningan Hotel in Jakarta yesterday, April 3.

    Dian did not forget to assert that the ideology adopted by Prabowo and Sandiaga Uno is the five-state ideologies or Pancasila.

    She also confirmed that no talks related to the caliphate ideology have ever been discussed in the team’s internal meetings. “Not one word about caliphate came out our mouths, let alone discussed them. If there are still those who are undetermined by our Pancasila ideology, you are welcomed to visit us and have a discussion,” she said.

    In an attempt to further convince people, Dian asserted her appearance and Prabowo Subianto’s non-Muslim family members, “I don’t wear a hijab, Pak Prabowo’s brother is a non-muslim, his nephew is also a non-muslim,” said Dian, who also maintained that both Prabowo and Sandiaga are determined to protect Indonesia’s minority groups.

    RYAN DWIKY ANGGRIAWAN

    Read: Prabowo Accused of Defending Caliphate, Jokowi as Communist