Presidential race gets close


The Indonesian Presidential election due to take place on 9th July is getting more heated and less easy to predict as the campaign continues.

The second of a series of debates between the two presidential candidates took place last night. Joko Widodo, currently the Governor of Jakarta and the candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle (PDI-P) appeared to come out slightly ahead in the debate, although Prabowo Subianto a former Lieutenant General, businessman and candidate of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) reportedly did much better this time after a poor start in the first debate.

Most analysts say that Joko Widodo’s programme is more complete and his reasoning appears to be based on more realistic figures; he believes growth of 7% can be achieved. Prabowo Subianto seemed less sure of his figures and wanted to see 10% growth which would be a bit of a push with Indonesia’s economy growing by 5.78% in 2013.

Despite the debates, Prabowo Subianto has been closing in on the opinion polls. An aggregate of the last four opinion polls gives Joko Widodo 41.05% of the vote and Prabowo Subianto 39.05%. In May when the election campaign started Joko Widodo was on 35.4% and Prabowo Subianto on 22.7%.

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