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Indonesia president chooses cleric as VP pick in 2019 election race

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) Indonesia s 2019 presidential race took shape Friday with incumbent Joko Widodo choosing to run alongside a conservative Islamic cleric against controversial ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Widodo, whose down-to-earth style and ambitious infrastructure drive has made him popular with many Indonesians, picked cleric Ma ruf Amin as his vice presidential nominee. The decision will bolster the president s Islamic credentials but could be polarizing among more progressive voters. Amin, 75

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