Prabowo vows to fight for all Indonesians, urges unity among political elites

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Prabowo vows to fight for all Indonesians, urges unity among political elites

The confirmation comes two days after the Constitutional Court rejected challenges from both losing candidates seeking a re-run of the presidential election and the disqualification of Prabowo and his running mate, ending all election disputes.

In his speech, Prabowo vowed to end poverty and corruption, adding he intends to bring improvement to all Indonesians.

He also said a free press was vital in Indonesia, describing it as “the absolute requirement for democracy”.


Defence Minister Prabowo’s current alliance comprises 48 per cent of seats in the parliament but his senior aides have said that he aims to expand his coalition to secure a majority of seats.

Since the election, Prabowo has met with parties outside his coalition, including the chiefs of NasDem and the PKB, which supported the presidential bid of Anies Baswedan, one of the losing candidates and an ex-governor of the capital Jakarta.

Securing the support of either party would create a majority coalition for Prabowo, mirroring Jokowi’s current governing coalition that comprises eight out of the nine parties in parliament.

PDIP, which supported the other losing candidate, Ganjar Pranowo, will remain the biggest party in parliament following the election.

Prabowo’s Gerinda party, the third largest party in parliament following the election, said on Monday he intends to meet PDIP’s chief Megawati Sukarnoputri.

PDIP said this week that Jokowi was no longer one of its members due to his support for Prabowo, which was widely interpreted as a move by the president to retain political influence and preserve his legacy after a decade at the helm.

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