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Candidates pledge clean campaign as Indonesia’s election race kicks off

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 23, 2018 13:45

Candidates pledge clean campaign as Indonesia’s election race kicks off

Candidates of Indonesia’s presidential election took an oath to pledge for clean and fair election on Sunday (September 23), marking the beginning of a six-month campaigning period before the polls. Incumbent President Joko Widodo will run against retired commander, Prabowo Subianto, whom he defeated five years ago in the April 17, 2019 election.Each is pushing a nationalistic economic platform, but issues of race and religion loom large in the battle to run the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, whose reputation for pluralism is threatened by growing conservatism.Opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead over Prabowo, as he is usually referred to by Indonesians, but some show the gap narrowing as the campaign begins.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 23, 2018 13:45
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