Joko Widodo (left) shakes hand with presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto before the first debate in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 17. Photo: EPA

Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo cross swords in first debate

  • Prabowo downplayed the role of homegrown extremism in what analysts view to be a bid to cultivate himself as a defender of Islam in the run-up to the election
  • Jokowi received flak for his claim of having no “past burdens” for human rights abuses
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Joko Widodo (left) shakes hand with presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto before the first debate in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 17. Photo: EPA
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