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

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

Amy Chew

Amy Chew is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur who has covered regime change in Asia and parts of the Middle East, giving her a unique insight into the economic, social and political factors that reshapes society.