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How release of suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder helps Widodo

Opposition frets Indonesian president may use high profile case in election

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo may have improved his re-election chances in April's presidential contest following the release of an Indonesian woman accused of killing the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Widodo has won praise for winning the release of Siti Aisyah from Malaysia on March 11, amid widespread public feeling that she was tricked into assassinating Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February 2017 in what Aisyah said she thought was a prank.

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