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Indonesia's Widodo pledges jobs to win back votes

Published on Jul 3, 2014 7:20 PM
 

BANDUNG, Indonesia (AFP) - Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo on Thursday unveiled a plan to tackle poverty and create millions of jobs, in a bid to win back ground from ex-general Prabowo Subianto who is rapidly closing in.

Jakarta governor Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, for a long time looked to be on an easy path to victory at Wednesday's vote to become the next leader of the world's third-biggest democracy.

But a huge poll lead he enjoyed several months ago has dwindled to just a few percentage points, and pollster Roy Morgan this week said the race was now "too close to call".

In a bid to revitalise his flagging campaign, which has been criticised as disorganised and lacklustre in comparison to Prabowo's, Widodo announced new proposals to help the millions in Indonesia who live in poverty.

Indonesian frontrunner presidential candidate Joko Widodo, popularly known by his nickname Jokowi, addresses supporters during campaign for the July 9, 2014 election in his hometown in Solo city, located in central Java island on June 14, 2014. Mr Widodo on Thursday, July 3, 2014, unveiled a plan to tackle poverty and create millions of jobs, in a bid to win back ground from ex-general Prabowo Subianto who is rapidly closing in. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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