Jakarta. Prabowo Subianto, chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, praised President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for his democratic leadership after a meeting at Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday (17/11).
"Democracy is without fear and Mr. Jokowi does not fear critics. […] He is very open," Prabowo said in a press conference.
Prabowo said Jokowi has never asked Gerindra to refrain from its critical stance against his government, adding that democracy needs a critical attitude.
"I have committed to him [Jokowi]. He is in the executive and we are in the legislative. If there are bad policies, we will criticize them," Prabowo said.
He affirmed his full support for Jokowi's administration, while maintain constructive criticism of various matters.
"One of the things you should pay attention to, is that our values are the same. Pancasila, the Republic of Indonesia, the 1945 Constitution, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika [unity in diversity]," Prabowo said.