Prabowo Subianto

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The Great Indonesia Movement Party, known as Gerindra, has officially announced its founder Prabowo Subianto as the party’s candidate for Indonesia’s president in the 2019 election, raising the prospect of a rerun of the bitter 2014 race that led to rival Joko Widodo took power in the world’s fourth most populous nation.

The Secretary General of Gerindra Ahmad Muzani said in a statement on Wednesday (04/11) the party has given the mandate to the former special forces commander to build a coalition to support his nomination. This decision was the result of the party’s national coordination meeting in Bogor, West Java on the same day.

Jakarta-based pollster Indo Barometer earlier this month released a survey about who is the strongest presidential candidate for next year’s presidential election. Incumbent President Joko Widodo is still leading with 34.9 percent preference from the pollster’s respondents, followed by Prabowo (12.1 percent), Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan (3.6 percent), former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (3.3 percent).

Indo Barometer also reviewed the chances of other names, who often colored local media coverage for potential presidential candidate in next year’s race. The former commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces Gatot Nurmantyo secured 3.2 percent vote from the pollster’s respondents, Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil secured (2.8 percent), Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, a son of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, gets 2.5 percent.

There are also the chairman of The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P Megawati Soekarnoputri (2 percent), the National police chief Tito Karnavian (1.8 percent), president of Islamic party, the Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS, Sohibul Iman (1.5 percent).

The survey was conducted in Nov. 15-23 and took a random sampling of 1,200 respondents in 34 provinces in Indonesia.

Deputy to the Gerindra party chairman Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said, as quoted by Kompas.com the party was not worried about any pollsters’ survey and the party to stick to its gun to nominate the former president Soeharto’s son-in-law Prabowo Subianto and the National Army’s Special Force (Kopassus) as a candidate of Indonesia’s president for 2019-2024.

“Pollsters can say whatever, we still nominate Prabowo,” he said, as quoted by the news portal.

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