Defence Minister Prabowo surges ahead in Indonesia’s presidential race

  • The latest poll, released by Kompas on Monday, showed that Prabowo and his running mate, President Joko Widodo’s 36-year-old son Gibran Rakabuming, garnered 39.3% of the vote.
  • The survey placed former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan as his closest opponent with 16.7%, followed by Ganjar Pranowo with 15.3%.
  • Two surveys released during the weekend by separate pollsters, Indikator Politik and Lembaga Survei Indonesia, also show Prabowo extending his lead, with 45.8% and 45.6% of the vote respectively.
  • The results come just weeks after campaigning officially kicked off and the first presidential debate focused on law, democracy, and human rights, takes place on Tuesday.

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