Prabowo Subianto Officially Declared Winner of Indonesian Presidential Election

Prabowo Subianto, a controversial figure, has been officially certified as the winner of Indonesia's 2024 presidential election, despite facing allegations of human rights abuses. His victory has significant implications for the country's political landscape and regional relations.

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Prabowo Subianto Officially Declared Winner of Indonesian Presidential Election

Prabowo Subianto Officially Declared Winner of Indonesian Presidential Election

Prabowo Subianto, the 72-year-old defense minister, has been officially certified as the winner of Indonesia's February 14 presidential election by the General Elections Commission (KPU). Prabowo secured nearly 60% of the votes, defeating his rivals Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo. The Constitutional Court rejected legal challenges to Prabowo's victory, stating that there was no evidence of nepotism or state intervention.

Prabowo's choice of Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of current President Joko Widodo, as his running mate was seen as boosting his campaign. The requirements for young candidates were lowered by Jokowi's brother-in-law, the former chief justice, which contributed to Prabowo's victory. Despite facing controversies due to previous allegations of human rights abuses, Prabowo has pledged to fight for all Indonesians, including those who did not vote for him.

Why this matters: The outcome of the Indonesian presidential election has significant implications for the country's political landscape and future direction. As a key regional power, Indonesia's leadership change will also impact its relations with neighboring countries and its role in the broader Southeast Asian region.

In a speech marking the end of all presidential election disputes, Prabowo extended an olive branch to his election rivals, declaring "the contest [...] over" and appealing for unity and close collaboration among the nation's political elite. He emphasized that it was time to leave any hostilities regarding the election behind and that he would work and fight for all Indonesians.

However, Gayus Lumbuun, the head of PDI-P's legal team, has requested the KPU to postpone the inauguration of Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka as the elected president and vice president. President Joko Widodo has stated that he will not form a special transition team for the president-elect and vice president-elect.

Prabowo is set to take over the top job in October from President Joko Widodo. In his speech, he reiterated his commitment to serving all Indonesians, saying, "I will work and fight for all Indonesians, including those who did not vote for me." The KPU officially certified Prabowo and Gibran as the elected president and vice president for the 2024-2029 administration period.

Key Takeaways

  • Prabowo Subianto, 72, wins Indonesia's 2024 presidential election.
  • Prabowo's running mate is Joko Widodo's eldest son, Gibran.
  • Constitutional Court rejects challenges, says no evidence of irregularities.
  • Prabowo pledges to work for all Indonesians, including non-voters.
  • Transition process faces challenges, with PDI-P seeking inauguration delay.