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I should be considered middle-aged, not old: Ma'ruf

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

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Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Sat, March 30, 2019   /  07:08 am
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Showing Respect: Vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno kisses the hand of his opponent Muslim cleric Ma'ruf Amin shortly before the first presidential debate on Jan. 17.(Courtesy of Instagram /Sandiaga Uno)

On the campaign trail, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s running mate Ma’ruf Amin has continued to encounter skepticism about his age, with many believing his is too old to run for office and that he will have problems connecting with millennials. During a campaign stop in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Friday, Ma'ruf squeezed into his packed schedule a meeting with young voters from Islamic boarding schools, where he stated that, using the standards of the World Health Organization, he was still "middle aged". “I am not old yet, as according to the WHO, old age is from 80 years old to 100. I am still middle-aged as my age is between 60 to 80 years,” said Ma’ruf, who turned 76 on March 11. Ma'ruf, a former supreme leader of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Islamic organization, said that he was still young...