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Indonesia election

Indonesian VP candidates hold their fire a month before election

Cleric cites Arabic verses while businessman plays age card

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his running mate Islamic cleric Ma'ruf Amin (far right), opponents Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno (top) are seen in this photo taken in Jakarta, Sept.21, 2018.    © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Biting remarks and heated exchanges were noticeably absent during the sole debate Sunday night between Indonesia's two vice presidential candidates ahead of next month's presidential election.

Senior Muslim cleric Ma'ruf Amin, who was heavily criticized for barely speaking during a January debate that featured running mate and President Joko Widodo, surpassed expectations somewhat as he coherently presented the ticket's platforms on education, employment and other matters. But he stopped short of scrutinizing or criticizing his rival's platforms, settling instead for reading from notes on a number of occasions. Observers said direct attacks could do damage to Amin's reputation as a cleric.

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