JAKARTA, Indonesia – Prabowo Subianto campaign spokesman Bara Hasibuan said Sunday (June 8th) he was misquoted when he said the presidential candidate's coalition welcomed the support of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), local media reported.
"I have no comment on the coalition's ties with or support from the FPI and like-minded groups. We never condone violence," The Jakarta Globe quoted him as saying.
"Indonesia stands on a foundation of pluralism, and we will continue to strengthen this," he said. "Every citizen has the right to practice their beliefs without fear, and the state is obliged to provide protection for [them]."
The FPI announced last week its support for the Islamic parties in the coalition backing Prabowo and running mate Hatta Rajasa for president, according to Merdeka.com.