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Indonesian presidential election: Candidates, not campaign managers, win votes

Jokowi's campaign chief pick could be a game-changer but will strategy prevail?

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Just when critics were saying he was risking the support of Indonesia's youth and liberals with his choice of an elderly, conservative cleric as his running mate, President Joko Widodo has picked media and sports tycoon Erick Thohir to lead his re-election campaign.

Still basking in the success of the Asian Games, which he had a big hand in organising, Mr Erick is expected to help Mr Joko shore up the millennial vote and show liberals he is not slipping to the far-right.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2018, with the headline Indonesian presidential election: Candidates, not campaign managers, win votes. Subscribe