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Indonesia to vote on 14 Feb

Indonesia to vote on 14 Feb

In the lead-up to Indonesia's presidential election, the three candidates made their final campaign pushes before more than 200 million citizens cast their votes in the world's third-largest democracy. Former special forces general Prabowo Subianto, the frontrunner, and his running mate, Surakarta mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka, held their last rally in a Jakarta stadium, emphasizing their commitment to the nation's future and building upon previous administrations' efforts. Despite controversy surrounding Raka's familial ties to the current president, their campaign targeted youth support, utilizing social media and animated depictions to soften Subianto's image amidst past allegations of human rights abuses.

Former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, alongside his running mate Muhaimin Iskandar, addressed a large crowd at another stadium in the capital, advocating for unity to combat injustice and inequality. Meanwhile, supporters of the governing party's candidate, Ganjar Pranowo, gathered in Central Java province, where Pranowo emphasized responsiveness to citizens' concerns, particularly regarding the high price of rice.

With nearly 205 million eligible voters, predominantly young individuals, Indonesia's elections reflect the nation's diverse demographics and increasing internet accessibility, as evidenced by the candidates' heavy reliance on social media campaigning. The outcome of the presidential election will determine the successor to President Joko Widodo, who is serving his second and final term.

Subianto has seen a surge in support since mid-October 2023, according to the Indikator Politik Indonesia agency, potentially positioning him and Raka to win outright in the first round. However, the possibility of a runoff election remains, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding the final results. As Indonesia prepares for this pivotal moment in its democratic process, the candidates' efforts to connect with voters and address pressing issues underscore the significance of this election for the nation's future.

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Indonesia to vote on 14 Feb

Indonesia to vote on 14 Feb

In the lead-up to Indonesia's presidential election, the three candidates made their final campaign pushes before more than 200 million citizens cast their votes in the world's third-largest democracy. Former special forces general Prabowo Subianto, the frontrunner, and his running mate, Surakarta mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka, held their last rally in a Jakarta stadium, emphasizing their commitment to the nation's future and building upon previous administrations' efforts. Despite controversy surrounding Raka's familial ties to the current president, their campaign targeted youth support, utilizing social media and animated depictions to soften Subianto's image amidst past allegations of human rights abuses.

Former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, alongside his running mate Muhaimin Iskandar, addressed a large crowd at another stadium in the capital, advocating for unity to combat injustice and inequality. Meanwhile, supporters of the governing party's candidate, Ganjar Pranowo, gathered in Central Java province, where Pranowo emphasized responsiveness to citizens' concerns, particularly regarding the high price of rice.

With nearly 205 million eligible voters, predominantly young individuals, Indonesia's elections reflect the nation's diverse demographics and increasing internet accessibility, as evidenced by the candidates' heavy reliance on social media campaigning. The outcome of the presidential election will determine the successor to President Joko Widodo, who is serving his second and final term.

Subianto has seen a surge in support since mid-October 2023, according to the Indikator Politik Indonesia agency, potentially positioning him and Raka to win outright in the first round. However, the possibility of a runoff election remains, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding the final results. As Indonesia prepares for this pivotal moment in its democratic process, the candidates' efforts to connect with voters and address pressing issues underscore the significance of this election for the nation's future.

 
 
 

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