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The Eagle has crash-landed: Despite an unprecedented media campaign, Prabowo Subianto's political comeback has fallen flat - for now

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posted on 2023-05-26, 16:36 authored by Tomsa, D
Ten years ago it seemed as if Prabowo Subianto's political career was over before it had really begun. During the twilight days of the New Order, the former commander of the notorious special forces unit Kopassus had lost a power struggle against his arch-rival Wiranto and was subsequently dismissed from the military. Accused of involvement in the abduction of student activists and the instigation of the anti-Chinese riots in Jakarta in May 1998, the former son-in-law of ousted president Suharto considered it safer to leave the country and go into temporary hiding. In self-imposed exile in Jordan he turned his attention to business, making a fortune on the international oil and gas market and through a number of high-stake deals aided by his billionaire brother, business tycoon Hashim Djojohadikusumo.


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