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Win or lose - Prabowo ally still a man to watch

Sandiaga's task: To stay politically relevant in rebuild for next polls

The rapid rise of businessman Sandiaga Uno in Indonesian politics looks to have stalled for now, with the unofficial tally of votes from last week's presidential election pointing to a likely defeat for him and Mr Prabowo Subianto.

With the chances of Mr Prabowo scoring an upset win over incumbent President Joko Widodo looking increasingly slim, questions have started to swirl over the political future of the billionaire turned vice-presidential hopeful, affectionately known by his supporters as Sandi.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2019, with the headline 'Win or lose - Prabowo ally still a man to watch'. Subscribe