Indonesian election: Jokowi banks on his record, needs to shore up running mate

Indonesian President Joko Widodo with his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, who was seen as the weakest performer among the four candidates in the first presidential debate last month.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo with his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, who was seen as the weakest performer among the four candidates in the first presidential debate last month.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Campaigning for the Indonesian presidential election by the camps of President Joko Widodo and his only challenger Prabowo Subianto are on a faster track as the April 17 vote nears. Mr Joko, 57, is seeking his second and final five-year term in office. His running mate is Islamic cleric Ma’ruf Amin, 75. Mr Prabowo, 67, a former army general, is hoping to win the second time around after being beaten in 2014. His running mate is businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno, 49. Indonesia correspondent Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja takes a closer look at the campaigning that started on Sept 23.

The Indonesian government two months ago completed the first toll road linking capital city Jakarta to Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

Incumbent President Joko Widodo has also refurbished and expanded airports, thus bringing in more tourists, built ports to ease bottlenecks and raised industrial parks that have attracted foreign investments.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline 'Jokowi banks on his record, needs to shore up running mate'. Print Edition | Subscribe