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Indonesia’s Elections and the Future of Democracy
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On February 14, 2024, Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country and largest Muslim democracy, conducted its fifth presidential and legislative elections since its transition from authoritarianism in the late 1990s.

The presidential election involved three pairs of candidates. The first pair was composed of Anies Baswedan, former governor of the capital Jakarta and Muhaimin Iskandar, leader of the Islamic National Awakening Party. The second pairing consisted of Prabowo Subianto, a former Army general, and Gibran Rakabuming Raka, mayor of Solo and son of the incumbent president, Joko Widodo. The third saw Ganjar Pranowo, former governor of Central Java, join forces with Mahfud MD (Mohammad Mahfud Mahmodin), former Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs.

The official results of the elections, announced on March 20, 2024, gave the victory to Prabowo Subianto, who won around 58.6 percent of the votes. Anies came in second with 24.9 percent, leaving Ganjar in third with 16.5 percent.
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