Turbulent Times in the 2024 Indonesian Presidential Election

MEDAN – Indonesian is getting ready for a big election on February 14, 2024. But right now, a lot of people are feeling unsure about which candidate to pick.

The current president, Joko Widodo, will be finishing up his two terms. So, the focus now shifts towards selecting a new leader for the upcoming 2024-2029 term.

There are three main people running: Anies Baswedan, Prabowo Subianto, and Ganjar Pranowo. They’re all pretty popular and have been top candidates for a while.

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Anies Baswedan is the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Prabowo Subianto is in charge of the Gerindra Party and is also the Minister of Defense, and Ganjar Pranowo is the Governor of Central Java.

All three seem like they could do a good job, but things are a bit uncertain right now. People are trying to figure out who would be the best fit to lead Indonesia.

Ganjar Pranowo: Well-loved by the Public, but Lacks Party Support

Ganjar Pranowo used to be known for his friendly smiles and was seen as the guy who could become the next President of Indonesia after Joko Widodo.

But even though people really liked him, his popularity didn’t mean as much within his political party, the PDI-P. Ganjar was just a regular member and didn’t have the full say in deciding what the party should do.

This created a competition with Puan Maharani, a senior figure in the PDI-P who also wanted to be President. Even though Puan Maharani wasn’t that popular with the public, she had a lot of support from within the party.

On the flip side, Ganjar Pranowo faced a different problem. People outside his party really liked him, but not everyone in his party agreed that he should run for President.

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Simply put, Ganjar couldn’t try to become President without the support of a political party. This made the political situation a bit tense.

The PDIP, his party, took a chance; some people in the party wanted Puan Maharani to be the Presidential candidate, but they knew it could be a big problem. It would be tough for Puan to get public support, and it might affect how well the PDIP does in the election.

Finally, the confusion cleared up when the leader of the party, Megawati Soekarnoputri, said Ganjar Pranowo was the PDIP’s choice for President. But the problems aren’t completely solved yet, showing that the resolution is not yet complete.

Political Manoeuvres of President Joko Widodo

Ganjar is facing a tough situation again. He thought he would get support from President Joko Widodo, who is also in the same political party, PDI Perjuangan. But it turns out, that’s not what happened.

Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Joko Widodo, has emerged as a candidate for Vice President alongside Prabowo Subianto. Consequently, Ganjar now finds himself in direct competition with Gibran in the forthcoming election.

This is quite surprising. Initially, people thought Ganjar and Gibran would both move forward, but reality is different. Now, they are each other’s opponents.

Joko Widodo & Ganjar
Joko Widodo & Ganjar Pranowo. (Credit: www.infobalinews.id)

This change has caused division. Some members of the PDI Perjuangan party switched to supporting Gibran and Prabowo. In just a few days, Ganjar Pranowo’s chances of winning dropped. Meanwhile, Prabowo’s popularity increased.

Understanding what happened in this election isn’t easy. The PDI Perjuangan party should be upset. They didn’t expect President Joko Widodo to make a last-minute political move. No one saw this coming.

What’s even more unusual is how Gibran could run as a vice presidential candidate. The Constitutional Court’s approval of the amendment, reducing the minimum age for vice presidential candidates from 40 to 35 years, has enabled the 36-year-old Gibran to participate in the presidential election.

Friends have become enemies. That’s the situation today. The PDI Perjuangan party couldn’t do much. They’re surely disappointed. There was some resistance, but it was small. Did the PDI Perjuangan party just let this happen, or is there something else they’re hiding?

The Presidential election is happening in two months. There is anger, but not much noise. Everything is being remembered. However, this could also be a warning sign. Will February 14, which is also Valentine’s Day, bring a new political drama? The Indonesian people are waiting for changes every day without a clear answer.(*)

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