Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, center left, speaks as his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, center right, listens prior to formal registration as candidates for the 2019 presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia. Friday, Aug. 10,2018. (AP)
Updated 10 August 2018
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Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

  • President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has formally registered as a candidate in 2019 elections
  • He has chosen a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has formally registered as a candidate in 2019 elections and has chosen a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate.
Jokowi, the first Indonesian president from outside the military and political elite, announced his vice presidential candidate, Ma’ruf Amin, on Thursday after weeks of fevered speculation in local media.
Amin heads the influential Indonesian Ulema Council and the advisory council of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization.
Jokowi’s pick disappointed liberals but analysts say it shores up his position among conservative Muslims who demonstrated their political power last year with the ouster of Jakarta’s minority Christian governor who was later imprisoned for blasphemy.
Jokowi’s opponent, former general Prabowo Subianto, is running with businessman and deputy Jakarta governor Sandiaga Uno.


3 rebels killed in Kashmir, 35 hurt amid anti-India clashes

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3 rebels killed in Kashmir, 35 hurt amid anti-India clashes

  • Fighting erupted on Sunday after troops cordoned off a village in southern Kulgam area
  • India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety

SRINAGAR, India: Officials say three suspected rebels have been killed in a gunbattle with government forces in disputed Kashmir, triggering violent anti-India protests.
The Indian military says the fighting erupted on Sunday after troops cordoned off a village in southern Kulgam area.
As the fighting raged, anti-India protesters tried to reach the site of the standoff. They threw stones at government forces hoping to help the trapped rebels escape.
Government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at the protesters, leaving at least 35 injured.
India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.
Most Kashmiris support rebel demands that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.