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Indonesia in Super Election Year 2024

Indonesia faces the biggest elections in its history in 2024.

Indonesia faces the biggest elections in its history in 2024. In the third largest democracy in the world, more than 204 million voters will not only elect a new president and the composition of the national parliament, but will also elect governors and regional parliaments in all 38 provinces, as well as all county councils and mayors in the country. The incumbent president, Joko Widodo, is no longer allowed to run after two terms in office. But even if the election campaign for his successor is fiercely waged, all signs point to continuity. For Germany and the EU, this means that Indonesia will continue to be an important, albeit not always easy, partner.

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A new president promises political continuity
On 14 February, the first round of presidential and parliamentary elections will be held at national and regional level. In total, candidates from 17 parties are running for seats in the national parliament DPR RI and the 38 provincial parliaments. But the main focus of the election campaigns is on the presidential election. After all, the president plays a prominent role in Indonesia's political system. The incumbent Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, is not allowed to run again after two terms in office. However, due to his enormous popularity – polls show him approval ratings of over 70 percent – he continues to play a prominent role in the election campaign. The question of which of the three candidates Jokowi supports may be decisive.

The full-length publication is only available in German.

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Dr. Denis Suarsana

Portrait Denis Suarsana

Head of the KAS office in Indonesia/Timor-Leste +62 21 7590-9411 / -9414


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