After visits to Nahdlatul Ulama’s old guards, Abdul Somad Batubara and Abdullah Gymnastiar are considered to have left Prabowo’s camp. A number of NU leaders have veered towards the incumbent although the organization has not declared its official support. The Prabowo camp seems unconcerned.
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) is a Sunni organization founded on January 31, 1926. Despite its initial footsteps across the areas of religion, education, social issues and the economy, NU has always colored Indonesia’s politics.
Several Nahdlatul Ulama kyais have accused Ma’ruf Amin of violating the organization’s regulations. Some are Prabowo-Sandiaga supporters.
Nahdlatul Ulama has a long history of taking an active role in politics. Its cadres have never been absent in presidential elections post-reformasi.
Said Aqil Siroj, General Chairman of Central Board, Nahdlatul Ulama