Indonesia's Prabowo Confident of Winning Presidential Vote in Single Round
Indonesia's Prabowo Subianto expresses confidence in winning the presidential vote in a single round, citing strong figures and widespread support.
Presidential frontrunner Prabowo Subianto of Indonesia expresses confidence in winning the upcoming election in a single round, as reported by Al Jazeera. Prabowo, a former special forces commander, is among three contenders for the February 14 election. To secure victory, a candidate needs over 50% of votes and at least 20% in more than half of the country's provinces otherwise, a runoff between the top two candidates are slated for June.
At 72, Prabowo is projected to surpass the 50% threshold in certain opinion surveys, although the potential for a second round persists. Rivals Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo trail more than 20 points behind. Prabowo asserts, based on figures, that the election will conclude in one round, following a massive rally in Jakarta on the last day of campaigning.
He defends his running mate, President Joko Widodo's son, addressing concerns about nepotism due to age and family ties. Prabowo acknowledges the political sensitivity but emphasizes that not everyone can be pleased in politics.
There have been allegations of President Jokowi attempting to influence the election outcome through public appearances with Prabowo. Jokowi asserts his right to support any candidate but claims no intention to actively campaign for anyone. The electoral landscape in Indonesia remains dynamic, with Prabowo's confidence setting the stage for a closely watched and potentially decisive election.