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2019 race: Early foreign policy views

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 24, 2018   /  10:43 am
2019 race: Early foreign policy views President Joko (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

After months of speculation, a roller coaster week and even eleventh-hour surprises that left the nation on tenterhooks, we now know who will compete in the presidential election next year. 

The incumbent, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, and his running mate, Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin, will go against his former opponent in the last election, Prabowo Subianto, who this time has selected outgoing Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno to be on his ticket. 

During their candidacy announcements, it became clear that the economy would be a key battleground in the upcoming election. Though Jokowi has failed to deliver on the 7 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth he had promised, the economy did beat expectations in the second quarter of 2018 to grow by 5.27 percent. At the same time, the country stands t...

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