Indonesia’s Prabowo expands lead over Ganjar in presidential poll

Indonesian presidential frontrunner Prabowo Subianto expanded his lead over the governing party’s candidate, Ganjar Pranowo, an opinion poll revealed on Saturday. Prabowo’s support was 45.8%, in the Indikator Politik Indonesia poll, up 6.1 percentage points from a month earlier, while Ganjar’s support fell 4.4 points to 25.6% in the Nov. 23-Dec. 1 survey. Defence Minister Prabowo and Ganjar, a previous  governor of Central Java, are the governing candidates to replace popular President Joko Widodo after a decade in power in Feb.

14 elections in the Southeast Asian archipelago of 270 million people, the world’s third-hugest democracy. Also running is previous Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan. Prabowo’s running mate is the president’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, after constitutional court transformed the eligibility rules to permit him to stand as a vice presidential candidate. If no presidential candidate wins a majority, a run-off election will be held in June between the top two candidates for the presidential term beginning in October.