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Indonesian President Widodo announces run for re-election

Opposition leader Prabowo Subianto also declares, setting stage for April contest

Term No. 2 begins for Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Sunday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Joko Widodo, Indonesia's president, on Thursday officially announced that he will seek a second term, and picked an Islamic scholar as his running mate as he looks to continue leading the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

Jokowi, as Widodo is popularly known, said he made the decision to run again after listening to input from leaders of political parties in his coalition, as well as ulemas, or Muslim scholars. "This decision is a big responsibility, closely related to the aspiration to continue Indonesia's big dream of advancing in continuing development and justice in all corners" of the country, Widodo said.

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