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Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

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As rumors of Prabowo reunion swirl, Jokowi rocks stadium

The Jakarta Post/ANN | Ina Parlina, Sita W. Dewi | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

Showdown: Presidential debate moderator Sudharto P. Hadi (center) is flanked by presidential candidates and their running mates Hatta Rajasa (left) and Prabowo Subianto (second left) and Joko Widodo (second right) and Jusuf Kalla at their fifth and final debate at the Bidakara Hotel in Tebet, South Jakarta.

The hopes of supporters of Gerindra Party presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to witness the candidate reunite with ex-wife Siti Hediati "Titiek" Hariyadi were dashed on Saturday with no confirmation available that a ceremony had taken place to retie the knot.

Speculation had been mounting for days that the former couple would remarry, especially after the two publicly appeared together during recent presidential debates and on the campaign trail.

Media reports said that Sandiaga Uno, a campaigner for the Prabowo-Hatta Rajasa camp, had confirmed that a ceremony would take place at Istiqlal Mosque on Saturday.

Tempo.co reported that a security guard had received word on Saturday that Prabowo would visit the mosque, however he did not show up.

Text messages also circulated saying: "The marriage procession between Prabowo and Titiek Soeharto at Istiqlal Mosque will air live on tvOne and RCTI at 9 a.m. today. Enjoy the show."

Prabowo Media Center coordinator Budi Purnomo Karjodihardjo said that he had not received any official information about the ceremony, let alone plans to televise the event nationally.

"Regarding the marriage of Pak Prabowo and Mbak Titiek at Istiqlal, we can say that there is no official information to date," Budi said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

While the Prabowo-Hatta camp was busy responding to rumours about family matters, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received the rock star treatment as he took the stage at Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Jokowi's appearance marked his last outdoor campaign event as beginning Sunday, the country officially enters the cooling-off period.

In his speech to a full-capacity stadium, Jokowi read text from what he billed "Maklumat from Jokowi-JK" (Order from Jokowi-JK).

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