Jokowi, Prabowo off to a feistier start in first televised debate
Published on Jun 9, 2014 10:57 PM
JAKARTA - The first televised debate between contenders of the upcoming Indonesian presidential election got off to a feistier than expected start on Monday, with Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla coming out more strongly against their opponents, former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa.
Over two hours, both pairs answered questions on how they would uphold democracy and the rule of law, and improve governance and respect for diversity.
While the general tone of the debate was cordial, Mr Joko, commonly known as Jokowi, and Mr Kalla, surprised many by taking subtle digs at their opponents' weak points and track record.
"Leaders have to lead by example. When they talk about human rights, they have to respect human rights," said Mr Kalla, taking a dig at Mr Prabowo's controversial human rights record.
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