Saturday, April 25, 2009
Indonesian Politics - In the Face of Hypocrisy
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has chosen
former army general with possible ties to human rights violations
Prabowo Subianto as a running mate in the upcoming presidential
Speaking after the party's national summit in Lenteng Agung,
South Jakarta, secretary general Pramono Anung said Megawati's
running mate must be an individual who possessed a fighting
"PDI-P is well known as a political party that fights.
Therefore, it is very important for the vice-president candidate
to have such quality," PDI-P secretary general Pramono told a
Pramono said Prabowo, founder of Great Indonesia Movement Party
(Gerindra), was favored by almost all of party representatives
from 33 regions.
"The official announcement and final composition of PDI-P's
president and vice-president candidates will be made to public
before the deadline on May 9," he added.
Prabowo's "fighter" persona is sufficiently backed by his past
history as the one of New Order's top dog generals.
He has been considered by many to be the leading actor behind
activists abduction at the dawn of the New Order era in the late
1990's, through a so called "Rose Operation".
Most of those activists are still missing and the possibility of
their demise is second to none, judging from the time frame of
their abduction to the present date.