'It's an economic referendum', says Indonesia's V-P candidate Sandiaga Uno

Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno waving to the crowd in Kemang on Feb 17 (left). He had attended the launch of an "I'm SandiUno" app and met youth volunteers and supporters at a cafe there. Later at an interview in his camp's media centre (be
Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno waving to the crowd in Kemang on Feb 17 (left). He had attended the launch of an "I'm SandiUno" app and met youth volunteers and supporters at a cafe there. Later at an interview in his camp's media centre (right), he spoke about the need to keep the campaign's messaging focused.ST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG

Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno believes jobs and cost of living are what the presidential election will turn on

JAKARTA • If the Indonesian presidential election were a marathon, Sandiaga Uno is two water stops away from the finishing line.

"We're in the final quarter of the race," says Mr Sandiaga, an avid runner who has lost count of the number of marathons he has done.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline ''It's an economic referendum''. Print Edition | Subscribe