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Jakarta Post

Calls ring out for peaceful elections

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 16, 2019   /  09:08 am
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Presidential candidates incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto pledged to empower women to achieve economic equality during the final presidential debate in Jakarta on Saturday.(Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

After months of campaigning, presidential and vice-presidential candidates are filling the three-day cooling-off period from Sunday to Tuesday with religious or traditional activities before voting day on Wednesday. Incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is currently in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for anumrah (minor haj) with his wife Iriana and sons Gibran Rakabuming Raka and Kaesang Pangarep. He flew to Mecca after the final presidential debate on Saturday evening. His running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, is spending the time with his family. Meanwhile, challenger Prabowo Subianto visited on Sunday the grave of his father, Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, a renowned economist during the New Order era. His running mate, Sandiaga Uno, accompanied by his wife, is also currently in Mecca on pilgrimage. Election authorities have barred candidates and their teams from campaigning during th...