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Prabowo Subianto Set to Win Indonesia Presidency, Relations With China, U.S. Expected to Remain Stable

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto reacts to supporters from a car as he leaves from his residence to attend a gathering with supporters after polls closed in the country's presidential and legislative elections in Jakarta on February 14, 2024. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

The clouds still hadn’t left the sky on Wednesday morning in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, where millions were preparing to elect their new president and vice president. Parts of the city were flooded due to heavy rains on the previous night, causing some polling stations to delay opening time. Fortunately, in the afternoon, the rains stopped and ballots were successfully cast. Voting officially ended, but the clouds stubbornly hung over people’s heads, painting everything grey. 

According to unofficial early counts a few hours later, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his vice presidential running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka are now leading the race. The pollsters placed Prabowo and Gibran ahead with over 58% votes nationwide, followed by Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar pair at around 25%, and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD at about 16%.

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