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Jokowi will be judged on signature economic policies

Indonesian president formally registers to run in April 2019 general election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and Ma'ruf Amin. The president tapped Ma’ruf as his running mate in the upcoming election to shore up his pro-Islamic credentials. (Photo by Shotaro Tani)

JAKARTA -- Welcomed by hundreds of supporters and reggae music at a venue in central Jakarta, Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday registered as a candidate for next year's general election, formally kicking off his campaign for a second term.

Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, will be pitched against longtime rival Prabowo Subianto in April's poll for leadership of the world's fourth most populous country.

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