On the evening of 22 October, the Indonesia Forward Alliance announced its support for Mr Prabowo as the presidential candidate and Mr Gibran as the vice-presidential candidate.
The coalition includes Mr Prabowo’s Gerinda Party, Golkar Party, National Mandate Party, Democratic Party and four smaller parties that do not have seats in the Indonesian House of Representatives. This makes Mr. Prabowo the presidential candidate with the largest political support today.
Mr Prabowo and Gribran will face two other already registered pairings: former Central Java province governor Ganjar Prabowo – security minister Mahfud MD and former Jakarta governor Anis Baswedan – former MP, former ministry head Muhaimin Iskandar.
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto shakes hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (second from right) Photo: Reuters
Polls show that Mr Prabowo (72 years old) and Mr Ganzar (54 years old) are the two leading candidates in the presidential race, each enjoying about 30% support. Mr. Anees (54 years) is in third place with about 20% votes.
Important electoral activities are also taking place in Latin America. Contrary to previous disappointing forecasts, Argentina’s ruling Peronist coalition unexpectedly headed to a general election on October 22.
Thus, there will be a second round of voting in November between Economy Minister Sergio Massa (of the Peronist coalition) and Mr. According to preliminary results, Mr Massa received more than 36% of the vote in the vote on October 22, while Mr Miley received just over 30%.
theo reutersArgentina is suffering its worst economic crisis in two decades and anger toward traditional elites is growing. Many blame the Peronist coalition. However, Mr. Massa countered that social safety nets and government subsidies remain vital for many struggling Argentines.
In Venezuela, industrial engineer María Corina Machado declared early victory in the country’s opposition primary election on 23 October.
If confirmed, she will represent the opposition to face Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in next year’s presidential election. Ms Machado pledged to privatize state oil company PDVSA if elected president.