Will Prabowo’s Win Increase the Military’s Influence In Indonesian Politics?

The army’s influence has been on the rise over the past decade. Will this continue under the ex-general’s leadership?

By Nia Deliana and Moch Faisal Karim

In the wake of the recent presidential election in Indonesia, a pivotal question looms large: Will the next leader usher in a new age of military influence in civilian life?

The contest, held on February 14, saw three candidates vying for the nation’s highest office: former Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, and Ganjar Pranowo, the ex-governor of Central Java. Prabowo performed impressively, winning an estimated 57.41 percent of the 117,711,615 votes tallied thus far. While the official results have not yet been announced, Prabowo’s significant lead has already elicited congratulations from a host of world leaders from Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.

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