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Twists and turns in 1st week of Indonesia's presidential campaign

Jokowi well ahead of challenger Prabowo, but still early days to polls

Barely a week into the start of the campaign for Indonesia's presidency and already there were a few controversial twists, as well as the emergence of potential flashpoints among key players and electoral groups ahead of next year's polls.

On Thursday, The Jakarta Post reported a split within Muhammadiyah, the country's second-largest Muslim organisation, over who its members will back in the 2019 presidential race. While some senior figures in Muhammadiyah had declared their support for the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno ticket, others were reportedly leaning towards President Joko Widodo and his running mate, Dr Ma'ruf Amin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2018, with the headline 'Twists and turns in 1st week of Indonesia's presidential campaign'. Subscribe