Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP
Indonesia

Jokowi’s Javanese power play has Prabowo in face-off with an old army nemesis

  • President raised eyebrows by naming his rival as defence minister, but he also appointed Fachrul Razi – who dismissed Prabowo from the army 21 years ago
  • Analysts say Fachrul’s appointment as religious affairs minister reflects the security aspect of his role, as the country grapples with rising radicalism

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP
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