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Indonesia election

Indonesia's Widodo vows to 'fight' as race enters final stretch

President blasts opposition 'slander' and rival's lack of experience

Indonesian President Joko Widodo donned a casual jacket for a campaign rally Saturday in Yogyakarta. (Photo by Jun Suzuki)

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo struck a combative tone Saturday at the first campaign rally of this year's presidential race, addressing criticism head-on ahead of the historic April 17 election.

"I have been silent for four and a half years" in the face of "slander," Widodo told thousands of supporters here in Indonesia's former capital.

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