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Widodo's chance to shape Indonesia's future even after he leaves office

Vice-presidential pick could become a contender for the top job in 2024

| Indonesia
President Joko Widodo's choice of a vice-presidential candidate will be more about his successor than his immediate victory.

A critical question in Indonesian politics is who the incumbent President Joko Widodo will choose as his vice-presidential running mate in the April 2019 presidential election. Although the office of Indonesian vice president has little power (even less so than the U.S. vice presidency), Widodo's choice will be meaningful.

The decision -- which must be made before an Aug. 10 deadline -- will affect domestic and international perceptions of the administration, with the potential candidates including a prominent party leader, a foreign-educated regional governor, and an Islamic scholar.

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