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Indonesia: last sprint before the ;presidential election

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Thousands of supporters of Prabowo Subianto, favorite in the Indonesian presidential election, gathered on Saturday in a stadium in Jakarta.

Agence France-Presse

The last rallies before Wednesday's presidential election in Indonesia brought together tens of thousands of supporters on Saturday in Jakarta, notably in support of the big favorite Prabowo Subianto.

Approximately 100,000 people filled a stadium in Jakarta to support Prabowo Subianto, the current Minister of Defense who is running for the third time in the supreme election and who could be elected to the presidency in the first round, according to recent polls.

More than 80,000 people gathered at the same time in another stadium in the capital at the call of one of the two other candidates, Anies Baswedan, former governor of Jakarta.

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Candidate Anies Baswedan during an election rally in Jakarta, February 10, 2024

We want change, said Endang Pujiato, a retired schoolteacher, who drove for hours to support Anies Baswedan, a person he said was trustworthy. That's why he could be a good leader.

The entrances to the stadium where this rally in support of Anies took place were so crowded that several people fainted, according to a journalist from the Anies. AFP. Many supporters had spent the night there.

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Candidate Ganjar Pranowo is governor of Central Java province.

The third candidate, Ganjar Pranowo, held two rallies on Saturday in the cities of Semarang and Surakarta, on the big island of Java.

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Attendance at Prabowo Subianto's rally, favorite for victory, was higher than the campaign team's expectations, a spokesperson said, adding that the stadium was full hours before the start of the event .

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Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto delivered a speech Saturday at a stadium in Jakarta.

Nearly 205 million Indonesians are called to attend appoint the successor to Joko Widodo, who, after two terms and ten years as president, cannot run again.

Credited by 51.8% voting intentions in a poll published Friday, Prabowo Subianto could be elected as early as Wednesday. He is well ahead of Anies Baswedan, who received 24.1% of voting intentions ahead of the former governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo at 19.6%, according to the poll.

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