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Jakarta Post

How Prabowo won Aceh in 2019's election

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Sun, May 5, 2019   /  10:16 am
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Prabowo Subianto.(Courtesy of/Prabowo Sandiaga team)

From early on, most Acehnese knew that presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto would win the most votes in the province, mostly thanks to a coalition between Prabowo’s Gerindra Party and the local Aceh Party, which is powered and run by former Aceh Free Movement (GAM) combatants at the local level.  “What we did not predict was that his victory would be rather absolute,” the director of the Parameter Institute in Aceh, Iqbal Ahmady, said recently. According to a quick count by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – Cyrus Network, Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno might win 79.3 percent of the vote in Aceh, against Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin’s 20 percent. This margin is far greater than the results of the 2014 election, in which Prabowo won 54 percent of the vote in Aceh agains...