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Jakarta Post

Candidates set for final face-off

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 13, 2019   /  09:32 am
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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. 17, 2019.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto will debate the economy in their final showdown before election day at the Sultan Hotel in Jakarta on Saturday night. The upcoming debate, which wraps up the seven-month campaign season, will be their last chance to convince undecided and swing voters, although analysts have argued that — based on the latest poll numbers — the candidates’ debate performance may not tip the electoral balance. Political surveys have shown that Jokowi still leads the presidential race by double-digit margins, while the number of swing or undecided voters has shrunk to single-digit figures. The presidential candidates and their running mates will present their ideas on the economy and social welfare, finance, investment, trade and industry. Seeking his second five-year term, Jokowi is set to offer an exte...