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A note for the second presidential debate

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 16, 2019   /  04:05 pm
A note for the second presidential debate Presidential candidates Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin, General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Arief Budiman (center) and presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno are on stage during the first candidate debate on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2019. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Amid the growing excitement among the public, the General Elections Commission (KPU) will hold the second televised presidential debate on Sunday night.

A central topic is infrastructure, which has been at the heart of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term agenda. Unlike the previous debate, the KPU will not brief the candidates on the list of possible questions in the hope of bringing more spontaneity and ingenuity to the show. 

With neither cheat sheets nor their VP nominees on stage, Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto will have to address the questions based on their personal experience and knowledge. This article provides unsolicited advice about what they should focus on regarding infrastructure so that a meaningful discussion can take place, unlike the last debate, which felt rehearsed and bland. 

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