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Jakarta Post

Kalla fires up Jokowi campaign

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Mon, April 1, 2019   /  03:12 pm
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High hopes: Incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo addresses his supporters during an open campaign event at Kalegowa Field in Gowa, South Sulawesi, on Sunday.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The election campaign of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the eastern part of Indonesia got a big boost on Sunday after Vice President Jusuf Kalla, a respected figure in South Sulawesi, joined his open rally in Makassar. In his capacity as the head of the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin campaign team steering committee, Kalla made his first appearance at a Jokowi campaign rally, addressing thousands of supporters and asking them to vote for the incumbent in the April 17 election. The politicians, accompanied by their wives — First Lady Iriana and Mufidah Jusuf Kalla — arrived at the event in Karebosi Field in the morning, riding becaks (pedicabs) from the official residence of South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah, who also attended the campaign event with other political figures. Kalla kept his speech short and concise, saying that Jokowi was an accountable ...