Large election rallies in Indonesia on the last day of the election campaign | Election news

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the presidential candidates gathered in rallies in the capital, Jakarta, and other cities.

Tens of thousands of supporters of presidential candidates in Indonesia poured into its streets as they carried out their final campaigns before heading to the polls in the largest single-day elections in the world.

Contenders to lead the world’s third-largest democracy are two popular former governors, Gangar Pranowo and Anies Baswedan, and former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto, who has risen in the polls with the president’s tacit support, and with the current president’s son. His running mate.

the Elections are on Wednesday It will elect a new president and vice president, in addition to parliamentary and local representatives.

Nearly 100,000 people filled the main stadium in the capital, Jakarta, to participate in a rally in support of front-runner Subianto, while more than 80,000 people turned out for his rival Baswedan at another stadium in the major city on Saturday.

Subianto, a 72-year-old former military strongman and current Indonesian defense minister, is trying to remake his reputation as a hardline military figure with a history of accusations of human rights abuses.

Subianto, who leads the right-wing Girindra political party, has support from a coalition of other parties and has chosen the controversial one. 36-year-old Gibran Rakamboming Raka As his deputy.

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Defense Minister and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (Antara Foto/Dhemas Reviyanto via Reuters)

Thousands of Subianto’s supporters, wearing his light blue jersey, gathered at a stadium in Jakarta.

Subianto is competing with Mahfud MD, 66, the former Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, with both men presenting themselves as having humble origins. Understanding the people of Indonesia.

Student Alfiatnan (18 years old) said she would vote for Subianto because this was his third bid for the presidency. “I think there is no harm in giving someone a chance to try. His optimistic spirit influenced his choice.”

Also running is Baswedan, a former Jakarta governor who is running as an independent candidate. The 54-year-old was educated in the US, entered academia and then entered politics as Education Minister.

He is competing with 57-year-old Muhaimin Iskandar, leader of the National Awakening Party, the largest Islamic political party in Indonesia.

Baswedan’s supporters filled an 82,000-seat stadium in Jakarta for a grand final march on Saturday, chanting Islamic prayers. Some stayed overnight to secure a place to see the politician.

Anis Baswedan.  He greets the audience and smiles
Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan (Ahmed Ibrahim/AP)

The streets of Jakarta came to a halt due to crowds of motorcycles and cars heading to successive marches.

“We want to see change,” said Endang Bugyati, a retired teacher who drove hours to attend the Baswedan rally. “Anis is a trustworthy person, that’s why he can be a good leader.”

A cooling-off period will begin from Sunday until election day, as the contenders and their colleagues will try to secure their succession to popular President Joko Widodo, who has led Indonesia for two five-year terms and cannot run again.

Voting is not compulsory, but the country’s Election Commission said that the participation rate reached 81 percent in 2019, and that more than 204 million of Indonesia’s population of 270 million are registered to vote. There are 18 national political parties across Indonesia, and candidates can hold 575 parliamentary seats.

On Wednesday, 259,000 candidates are scheduled to compete for more than 20,000 legislative and administrative positions. If no candidate obtains a majority, a runoff will be held between the top two candidates in June.

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