Updated: August 10, 2018 3:10:47 pm
The battle lines for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election were drawn today as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo formally registered as a candidate after choosing 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, yesterday after weeks of fevered speculation in local media.
Jokowi’s pick has become bigger news in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, than an earthquake on the island of Lombok that killed more than 300 people.
Amin heads the influential Indonesian Ulema Council and the advisory council of Nahdlatul Ulama,…