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Prabowo Subianto’s, Turning the Page in Indonesia Despite Dispute

Annelise Sylta



Indonesia hit a major milestone on March 20, 2024, as Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto won the presidential race with 58.6% of the vote. His victory signifies a big change for Indonesian politics. However, it also brings up concerns about where democracy and human rights stand in the nation.

A Disputed Win

Despite being shadowed by past allegations of wrongdoing under Suharto’s rulewhere he was a highranking special forces officer Subianto’s win was likely helped by teaming up with the outgoing president’s son, who played a key role as his vicepresidential candidate. Even though controversies hang over him, this partnership seems to have paid off. The race ended with Subianto beating two exgovernors, Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo. But there are rumors that legal actions to contest the results might be coming.

There has been controversy due to some claimed irregular actions. This tense situation highlights a country that’s split over its history while it looks to its future.

Security and Public Dissent

With expected protests from the defeated candidates’ supporters, around 5,000 cops were sent out in Jakarta. Protests have started, where activists are raising concerns about how the election was run and the possible impact of President Joko Widodo, who’s leaving office, on the outcome of this election.

International Reactions

Lots of world leaders, like U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have sent their best wishes. They’re stressing how key it is for Indonesia to stick to democracy and the rule of law. This attention shows that people around the world have high hopes for what President Subianto will do.

Challenges and Expectations

The recent election wasn’t without drama – there were rumors of cheating and talk about protests which could mean rough waters ahead for Subianto. Plus, his history with human rights issues and ties to oldtime leader Suharto aren’t doing him any favors.

But even with all that stuff in the way, some folks in Indonesia still hope things could turn out okay under Subianto’s watch.

Subianto’s time as president could really mix things up for Indonesia, touching everything from the economy to how the country is seen worldwide. He might boost Indonesia’s democracy or mess it up.

The Road Ahead

As Subianto gets ready to start his term on October 20 2024, people around the globe are paying attention. In his victory talk he spoke about working together and staying united but he didn’t give many details on his policies. This makes people wonder what he’ll do as leader particularly regarding Indonesia’s economic development and its progress as a democracy.

Subianto taking over could mean a step back to the way Suharto used to govern which worries those who care about human rights. still his government might also mean a new direction for the country.

Indonesia’s economy has been growing recently. The next few months are critical to see the real effects of President Subianto’s leadership on this trend.


Prabowo Subianto stepping up as Indonesia’s leader is a big deal, ringing in chances and risks. As the nation starts a fresh chapter, folks globally are keeping an eye out. Subianto’s moves in facing what comes will set the tone for his time in office and what’s next for Indonesian democracy and its global stance.

Featured Img Src – General Elections Commission of the Republic of Indonesia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Anne Lise is an MBA graduate with a passion for doing business research and fashion reviews. She has been with Busybodytribune for over 4 years now, and is the lead editor for the magazine.

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