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Indonesia's presidential election kicks off

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:11

June.4 - Indonesia's two presidential candidates promise to run a clean campaign in the run up to the July 9th election. Sarah Toms reports.

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It's official. Campaigning for Indonesia's presidential election started on Wednesday, pitting a popular Jakarta governor against a former special forces commander. On July 9th Indonesians must choose between these men -- governor Joko Widodo, of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle and former general Prabowo Subianto, who's backed by four other political parties. Joko's still the favourite but Prabowo's narrowing the gap. At this event both men vow to uphold the values of peace and integrity ahead of the polls. They even sign a declaration. But the contest is already getting dirty. There have been rumours circulating that Widodo is not really a Muslim. Something that could alienate him from about 90 per cent of the country that follow Islam. While Subianto faces court for alleged human rights violations, dating back to his time commanding military crackdowns in the Suharto era. The candidates have got just one month to make their case.

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Indonesia's presidential election kicks off

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:11