Mr Joko, a moderate, is often accused by his opponents of being insufficiently Muslim and even anti-Islamic, even as others acclaim him for his welfare programmes for the people.
Jokowi’s appointments will be rightly questioned: is he interested in human rights or the rights of the Indonesian army?
Ten people, including teenagers, were killed in Indonesia’s post-election riots in May this year.
Indonesia was last on the council as recently as 2017 and has done little to support its goal to promote and protect global human rights.
Despite the diametric opposition between their supporters, in reality the political difference between the two leaders is shrinking, if not disappearing altogether.
Prabowo’s appointment as defence minister raises the prospect of strained relations between Indonesia’s defence ministry (Kemhan) and Indonesian Armed Forces Headquarters.