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Many pertinent issues raised but details lacking in Indonesia's first presidential debate

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 faced 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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'Many pertinent issues raised but details lacking'. Print Edition | Subscribe