| 17 July 2024, Wednesday |

Indonesia presidential candidate Prabowo picks Jokowi’s son as running mate

Prabowo Subianto, the presidential candidate from Indonesia and minister of defense, said on Sunday that he will be running against incumbent leader Joko Widodo’s eldest son in the upcoming election.

Given Jokowi’s immense popularity, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, 36, was selected, which may help Prabowo’s campaign even in the face of this week’s outcry over a court ruling that altered an eligibility condition that would have barred Gibran from contesting.

Speaking after a meeting of his party and its coalition partners, Prabowo told a press conference there had been an agreement to nominate him as presidential candidate and Gibran Rakabuming Raka as vice presidential candidate.

The world’s third-largest democracy will hold simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on Feb. 14, with nearly 205 million of Indonesia’s more than 270 million population eligible to vote.

Prabowo, 72, has led most opinion polls this year, including two this week, albeit by a narrow margin over the ruling party’s Ganjar Pranowo, a former Central Java governor, with ex-Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan a distant third.

Ganjar and Anies, both 54, had signed up for the race on Thursday, the opening day of registration for presidential candidates.

  • Reuters