No, this image does not show Indonesia’s vice-president declaring his support for a rival politician
Multiple Facebook posts have shared a picture that they claim shows Indonesian vice president Jusuf Kalla officially declaring his support for opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto in 2019 presidential elections. The posts are false. The photo is an old image that has been taken out of context.
AFP has found at least three Facebook posts featuring the image, which shows Kalla, popularly known as JK, posing for a photo with Subianto and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno. The image shows the trio clasping hands.
One of the posts is this January 30 entry which has been shared more than 800 times and is captioned: “Breaking news!! Mr. JK officially joins the camp of and supports Mr. Prabowo and Mr. Sandiaga Uno at 4 pm.”
According to a Google Reverse Image search, the photo was taken from an August 15, 2018 article which did not say Kalla was joining Subianto’s camp or officially supporting him.
The Okezone.com news report was headlined “When Prabowo and Sandiaga shake JK’s hands, competing but still friends.”
Below is a screenshot of the article:
The article says: “The Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno ticket met vice president Jusuf Kalla at his official residence, Diponegoro street, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Wednesday evening, August 15, 2018.
"An intriguing moment took place after the meeting. JK, Prabowo and Sandiaga shook each other hands and smiled while posing for a media photo.
"Prabowo said that even though he and JK were in different camps in the 2019 presidential election, he and JK were still friends.”
Kalla does not have an official website but he has not issued any statements about supporting Prabowo on his verified Twitter handle.
His aide has said that Kalla “fully supports” Widodo, according to this February 3, 2019 report by state news agency Antara.