Indonesia's controversial Defence Minster Prabowo registers party for 2024 election

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Indonesia's controversial Defence Minster Prabowo registers party for 2024 election

JAKARTA: Indonesian Defence Minster Prabowo Subianto has registered his political party for the 2024 national election, signalling what analysts say is a likely third presidential bid for one of the country's most controversial politicians.

In the 2014 and 2019 elections, Prabowo lost to incumbent Joko Jokowi Widodo, but with Jokowi limited to two terms in office, jockeying is underway ahead of polls to decide who will lead the world's third largest democracy.

Prabowo, 70, a son in law of the late Indonesian strongman Suharto, registered his Gerindra party on Monday and said he would run if nominated by its members.

It's a sacred task to devote to and serve the people. He said that I'll accept it well if I'm nominated.

Prabowo was dismantled from visiting the United States over alleged human rights abuses, as a former head of a military special forces unit accused of past atrocities.

The ban was dropped in 2020 by the United States and no more allegations have been proven.