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KPU Officially Declares the Winner of Indonesian Presidential Election

KPU Officially Declares the Winner of Indonesian Presidential Election
KPU Officially Declares the Winner of Indonesian Presidential Election. Image Source: twitter.com/@idextratime

As predicted by previous real counts, Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, Gibran Rakabuming Raka are poised to be the next president and vice-president of Indonesia.

On Wednesday, the 20th of March, at precisely 8 PM Jakarta time, the General Elections Commission of Indonesia (KPU) addressed the public and the press about the official result of the general elections that took place nationwide on the 14th of February, 2024. The result encompassed the winners of the presidential election and legislative elections. KPU recorded that 164,270,475 Indonesians cast their votes during the general election.

With 96,214,691 votes or 58.59 percent of the entire votes, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, Gibran Rakabuming Raka were announced as the winner of the presidential election — a result that was also considered a landslide. After previously losing a bid to be the country’s number one twice, the third time was proven to be a charm for the 72-year-old politician-cum-retired honorary army general.

Coming in second place was the Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar pair with 40,971,906 votes or 24.95 percent of the entire votes. Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD fell behind in last place with 27,050,878 votes or 16.47 percent of the entire votes.

In his victory speech on the same evening in his private residence at Jalan Kertanegara Nomor 4, South Jakarta, Subianto thanked the public who had cast their votes for him and his running mate while also imploring them to stay united regardless of whether the official result met or strayed from every individual’s expectation. Raka, who was in Solo at the time, was reported to head for Jakarta to meet Subianto after KPU’s result announcement.

“For those who didn’t vote for us, please give us a chance,” Subianto told the press and the gathering public during his victory speech. “We will show you that we will be a president, a vice president, and a government body that will work our hardest for the sake of the Indonesian people.”

For the legislative elections, KPU declared PDI-Perjuangan (PDIP) as the party with the majority seats in the next administration of the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia (DPR) with 25,387,279 votes or 16.73 percent of the entire votes, with Golkar and Gerindra following suit. PSI, whose chairman, Kaesang Pangarep, is Raka’s brother, failed to secure DPR seats with only 4,260,169 votes or 2.81 percent of the entire votes, which is below the minimum threshold of 4 percent.

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