At the onset of Indonesia's 2024 presidential campaign period, the country's Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto stood out from his competitors by choosing to focus on his usual duties rather than engaging in immediate campaign activities. Concurrently, Prabowo attended an internal meeting with President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Palace on Tuesday, November 28th.
Presidential Campaign Kick-off
The official commencement of the campaign season saw the start of a three-way race between a former special forces general and two former governors. Ganjar Pranowo, the governing party’s candidate, began his campaign in Indonesia’s easternmost city of Merauke in South Papua province. At the same time, Anies Baswedan, former head of an Islamic university, launched his campaign in Jakarta.
Contrary to his competitors, Prabowo Subianto, along with his running mate, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, remained committed to their existing roles. While Prabowo continued his duty as defense minister, Raka maintained his responsibilities as the mayor of Central Java’s Surakarta city. The pair plan to commence their campaign activities on Friday.
Prabowo's Approach To Campaign
Prabowo's decision to continue with his regular duties on the first day of the campaign period is noteworthy. Arriving at the meeting venue in a white Alphard car with the license plate number 1-00 at 2:38 PM local time, he made a point to acknowledge the media. Prabowo opened his car window and waved to the members of the press who were present on-site. The Prabowo-Gibran campaign team also initiated a unique campaign strategy by distributing free milk and lunches to children in nine locations across the country.
Indonesia's 2024 Presidential Election
As the campaign period proceeds, nearly 205 million Indonesians will be eligible to cast their votes in the 2024 presidential and legislative elections. This election will determine the successor of popular outgoing leader Joko Widodo after a decade in power. Current surveys indicate that Prabowo is leading in the race, with Ganjar in second place and Anies in third.