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Defence spending in focus at Indonesian presidential debate

No contest of new policy ideas, but session still offers takeaways for voters sitting on the fence

The televised debate last Saturday between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his election rival Prabowo Subianto was not the contest of many new policy ideas some had hoped for.

Held three weeks before polls open on April 17, it did, however, offer many takeaways for voters in Indonesia, particularly fence-sitters. Their support is critical if the presidential race turns out tighter than expected.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'Defence spending in focus at Indonesian presidential debate'. Print Edition | Subscribe