Jokowi's running mate Ma'ruf Amin turns in lacklustre performance at first debate

Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo shakes hands with his opponent Prabowo Subianto as their running mates Ma'ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno smile after a televised debate in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan 17, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
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JAKARTA - The hype leading up to last night's inaugural presidential debate for Indonesia's upcoming elections was high, and the candidates mostly did not disappoint as they squared off on live television for more than two hours.

The incumbent, President Joko Widodo, and the man seeking to take his place, Prabowo Subianto, seemed well prepared, but more importantly authentic, as they engaged in a competition of ideas.

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