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Indonesia election: Candidates hold final campaign rallies


Indonesia’s presidential candidates held their last rallies on Saturday before the February 14 vote.
There is now a cooling-off period ahead of the election on Wednesday which is the largest single-day vote in the world.
The three candidates for the election are former governors Ganjar Pranowo and Anies Baswedan and former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto.
The current president, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, is barred by the constitution from running for a third term.
Final pitches from presidential hopefuls
Subianto, the frontrunner according to polls, and his running mate, Widodo’s son Gibran Rakabuming Raka, held their final rally at a Jakarta stadium.
“On February 14, we will all determine the future of our children and grandchildren … We strive to bring prosperity to all Indonesian people. We will continue what has been built by previous presidents,” Subianto said.
Rival candidate, and former Jakarta governor, Anie Baswedan told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in Jakarta: “Our responsibility is to work together to stop injustice and inequality and bring about change.”
The stadium entrances were so packed that several people fainted while he addressed supporters, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.
Ganjar Pranowo, the candidate for the governing Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), held his final campaign event in Central Java province, where he used to be governor.
He told supporters he heard their pleas about the high cost of living, “A leader cannot be silent if there are screams among the people.”
Voting day a massive undertaking
Despite holding several massive in-person campaign events, the three contenders mainly campaigned through social media.
At stake is the leadership for the next five years of the third-largest democracy and the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world.
On Wednesday, over 204 million Indonesians will vote for their next president, parliamentarians, and local officials. These votes will take place at more than 800,000 polling booths spread across the archipelago of scattered islands.

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