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Previewing the Indonesian Presidential Election 2024: Candidates, Campaigns and Dynamics
12 February from 15:00 - 16:30
Asia in Review event series on elections in 2024
Online panel discussion
Previewing the Indonesian Presidential Election 2024:
Candidates, Campaigns and Dynamics
12 February 2024, 3 – 4:30 p.m. (GMT+7)
online via Zoom video teleconferencing
On February 14, 2024, Indonesia will have its “super-election day” as over 200 million citizens will elect the President, the Vice President, the People’s Consultative Assembly consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and members of local legislative bodies on provincial level as well as region level or city level.
With incumbent President Joko Widodo to leave office after fulfilling the constittionally allowed maximum of two terms, a new leadership is at stake. Three presidential candidates are contending for the country’s highest office: former Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, incumbent Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, and former Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo. Their respective running mates for vice-president are Deputy Speaker of the People’s Representative Council Muhaimin Iskandar, Mayor of Surakarta and eldest son of President Jokowi Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD.
The three “blocks” have framed their campaigns under the narratives of “change” (Anies/Muhaimin), “continuity” (Prabowo/Gibran), and “improvement” (Pranowo/Mahfud). However, the election campaign has been marked less by ideological positions and more by a competition to form political alliances among more than 20 political parties securing electoral support for each candidate.
Prabowo of Gerindra (Great Indonesia Movement Party), the third largest party in the national parliament, is supported by Golkar (Party of Functional Group, second largest party) the Democratic Party, the National Mandate Party, and the National Mandate Party, along with other parties represented in regional legislative assemblies. Notably, the selection of President Jokowi’s son Gibran by Prabowo, the president’s former rival in the 2019 presidential race, as his running mate has drawn attention. Gibran’s eligibility, decided in October last year by a controversial ruling of the Constitutional Court led by Widodo’s brother-in-law Chief Justice Anwar Usman, raised concerns about the outgoing president’s attempt to establish a political dynasty. Anwar was subsequently removed from his position by the Court’s Honorary Council.
The candidacy of party unaffiliated Anies was originally endorsed by the NasDem Party (fourth largest party in the parliament), the Prosperous Justice Party PKS, and the Democratic Party. However, following Anies’ selection of Muhaimin of the National Awakening Party as his running mate, the Democratic Party left the alliance to join the Prabowo camp.
Finally, Pranowo from the largest political party in the parliament, the PDI-P (Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle to which President Jokowi belongs), has secured support of the United Development Party, the Perindo Party, and the People’s Conscience Party.
Against this backdrop, the virtual panel discussion will explore the impact of the presidential election on Indonesia’s domestic politics and international foreign policy and relations.
(The event will be held in English.)