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Candidates race to impress Papua, Java

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, April 2, 2019   /  10:14 am
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Busy day: Volunteers in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, sort ballots on March 26 at the local elections office before distributing them to polling stations.(The Jakarta Post/Markus Makur)

With two weeks until voting day, the incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin ticket and rival Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno ticket are chasing after each other in their campaign trails and visiting each other’s strongholds. Jokowi addressed on Monday evening thousands of supporters at Aimas Convention Center in Sorong, West Papua, only days after Sandiaga visited the city and made promises to improve the welfare of Papuans during his campaign. The incumbent, who went straight from Jayapura to Sorong, shared in front of the supporters that on the way from the airport to the convention center, his car was repeatedly surrounded by people who wanted to see him. So he stopped six times to greet them, he said. “Is there any other country in the world where the President is okay with being stopped? There’s none,” Jokowi said, receivin...