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Former General to Take On Widodo in Indonesia’s Presidential Race

  • Prabowo Subianto set to campaign on corruption, inequality
  • Polls show Widodo holding a significant lead over challengers
Prabowo Subianto in 2014.

Prabowo Subianto in 2014.

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

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Former general Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Joko Widodo in next year’s presidential election, setting up a rerun of the 2014 race.

A national convention of the members from Indonesia’s main opposition party, Gerindra, picked Subianto, known as Prabowo, as its presidential candidate on Wednesday. The former special forces commander’s endorsement had been widely expected -- hours later Prabowo accepted the endorsement