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Jakarta Post

Hashtag war continues in W. Java gubernatorial debate

  • Arya Dipa and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16 2018   /  12:59 am

The #2019GantiPresiden (Change the President 2019)campaign is once again in the spotlight, after the hashtag’s appearance caused the second official debate of the West Java gubernatorial election to end in disarray on Monday night.

The debate seemed to be going swimmingly until the third candidate pair started to make its closing statements.

Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil and House of Representatives member Tubagus Hasanuddin and their running mates gave their final speeches without a hitch.

Then retired general Sudrajat and Bekasi Deputy Mayor Ahmad Syaikhu, who are backed by the opposition coalition of the Gerindra Party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the National Mandate Party (PAN), took the stage.

Sudrajat started off normally enough, expressing his love for the people of West Java and saying that, if elected, he would use his experience as a form...