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Jokowi v Prabowo: Rallying allies for a replay

With a week to go before the deadline to register candidates for the Indonesian presidential race, both men and their teams are busy getting their coalitions in order before the battle begins.

Retired army general Prabowo Subianto has a special brew called Kopi 08.

No one knows what the number really means, but legend has it that the eight alludes to his military exploits when he was commander of Kopassus, Indonesia's fabled special forces unit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2018, with the headline 'Jokowi v Prabowo: Rallying allies for a replay'. Print Edition | Subscribe