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Indonesia election

Go-Jek founder praises Jokowi, giving Indonesian president a lift

Business community rallies to incumbent before election but hedges its bets

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, third from right, took part in an award ceremony hosted by ride-hailer Go-Jek on April 11. Standing to his left is the company's CEO, Nadiem Makarim. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

JAKARTA -- With less than a week to go before Indonesians go to the polls to choose their president for the next five years, the incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received a timely boost to his campaign from the ride-hailing operator Go-Jek, which thanked him for its success.

Widodo has been losing support among millennials, who make up 40% of Indonesia's voters and helped propel him to the presidency in 2014. To win them back, Widodo is trying to capture the cool factor associated with startups in the country. Go-Jek's award ceremony for drivers, merchants and service partners on Thursday was an ideal occasion for the president to align himself with the country's first decacorn -- private companies valued at more than $10 billion.

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