Indonesia's first election debate to air on Thursday

Jokowi and rival Prabowo to field questions on law, human rights, terrorism and graft

President Joko Widodo (left in picture) and his challenger, Mr Prabowo Subianto, will be looking to win over swing voters when the two men face off on TV on Thursday, said analysts.
President Joko Widodo (left in picture) and his challenger, Mr Prabowo Subianto, will be looking to win over swing voters when the two men face off on TV on Thursday, said analysts.PHOTO: THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his challenger, Mr Prabowo Subianto, will face off on Thursday in the first of five public debates to make their pitch to voters, particularly the undecided, ahead of the 2019 election.

This first debate is expected to set the tone for the rest of the campaign before voters head to the polls on April 17, experts say.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia's first election debate to air on Thursday'. Subscribe