Rumored to Support Caliphate, Prabowo: Just a Propaganda

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  • Chairman of Gerindra Party, Prabowo in Jakarta. TEMPO/Subekti.

    Chairman of Gerindra Party, Prabowo in Jakarta. TEMPO/Subekti.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential Candidate Prabowo Subianto said that rumors saying that he wanted to establish an Islamic state and change the government system into a caliphate in Indonesia were baseless.

    "Regarding the caliphate, it is a propaganda that is actually insular but dangerous because the people can be influenced," Prabowo said after a visit to the house of the late Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid in Ciganjur, South Jakarta, Thursday, September 13, 2018.

    Prabowo also explained that as former Indonesian Army soldier, he often had to risk his life for the sovereignty of Pancasila. Prabowo said that since he was young he had vowed to defend Indonesia based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.

    Prabowo added that his desire was to uphold Pancasila purely and consistently. "So, not to use Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution as the mantra, but to implement it," Prabowo said.