Indonesia's presidential hopefuls seize Hari Raya momentum for political hobnobbing

Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto (right) visited PDI-P chief Megawati Soekarnoputri (centre) on the first day of Hari Raya. PHOTO: PUANMAHARANIRI/INSTAGRAM
Central Java governor Ganjar Pranowo (left) met the chief of the Islamic organisation Muhammadiyah, Prof Haedar Nashir. PHOTO: GANJAR_PRANOWO/INSTAGRAM
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JAKARTA - Indonesia's presidential hopefuls seized on the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations last week to begin working the ground early before the 2024 election, taking the opportunity for political hobnobbing and informal canvassing among influential religious leaders and communities.

Among those out and about were poll front runners Gerindra party founder Prabowo Subianto, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo.

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