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Indonesia kicks off process of electing new president

Central Java governor tops latest surveys in vote slated for February 2024

An electoral worker holds up ballots in Jakarta in 2019. Indonesia holds a presidential election every five years.   © AP

JAKARTA -- Indonesia on Tuesday officially kicked off the electoral process ahead of national votes in 2024, when the world's third-largest democracy will elect its new president, regional leaders and legislators.

In 2024, for the first time in its history, the country of over 270 million people will directly elect its top leader on the same day as elections take place for members of parliament and regional legislatures. These are scheduled for Feb. 14, 2024, followed by elections for governors, mayors and regents across Indonesia's 34 provinces later the same year, on Nov. 27.

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