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Jakarta Post

Prabowo has political capital to run in 2024 presidential race, but 'not enough to win it'

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 11, 2020   /  10:34 am
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Food talks: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) talks to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto (right) and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono (center) during the inspection of a location for the National Food Barn Program in Bentuk Jaya village, Kapuas regency, Central Kalimantan. Jokowi has appointed Prabowo to lead the newly established food security project.(Courtesy of Presidential Secretariat/Lukas)

The Gerindra Party extraordinary congress has again appointed Prabowo Subianto as its chairman, making him a strong potential candidate for the 2024 presidential election, but experts believe more is needed for him to win. Prabowo, who ran against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the 2014 and 2019 elections, has yet to declare that he will run again in 2024. However, some Gerindra executives have said that the current defense minister would consider the possibility if he garnered support from the party's cadres and the public. Prabowo in a speech at Saturday’s congress did not publicly address the issue despite all party branch leaders having asked him to run again. "Prabowo said in the congress that he would make a decision one year or one-and-a-half years before the presidential election," party secretary-general Ahmad Muzani said on Satur...