“Newbies” in the presidential-candidate arena: an oligarchy tactic to sabotage Prabowo

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Igor Dirgantara
Igor Dirgantara, Political Observer and Social and Political Sciences Lecturer in Jayabaya University, Jakarta

Jakarta, IO – Formidable challenges from the oligarchs are laying in wait for Prabowo Subianto in his journey toward the 2024 presidential election. A full-scale attack is expected to be launched, because Prabowo is a figure who will not yield to the oligarchs. He is despised by the oligarchy and has been perpetually deterred by them. 

The emerging newbies eager to join the presidential-candidate arena represent a tactic deployed to impede Prabowo in the 2024 presidential election. Why? Because those “hastily cooked-up” candidates lack a solid foundation – easy prey for the oligarchs. Such candidates, once in office, would become relatively submissive, because of their lack of capability and bargaining power. The oligarchs are able to buy and control the new “puppet” candidates. 

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If Prabowo decides to run in the 2024 election, I would not consider him a loser despite his failure to succeed in the 2014 and 2019 elections. In fact, this reveals his true warrior mentality, that of one supremely confident of his competence.