Indonesia's Joko Widodo names Muslim cleric as election running mate
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Thursday he has picked a Muslim cleric as his running mate for next year's election, in which he is seeking a second term.
Joko said he had chosen Ma'ruf Amin, the 75-year-old chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI), as his vice-presidential candidate because of his wisdom and experience in the legislature.
MUI is a semi-official authority on Islam in Indonesia, with powers to issue fatwas, or religious edicts and halal certification.
"We will make a good nationalist-religious combination," Joko said. The incumbent's rival, in what is expected to be a two-horse race, is former general Prabowo Subianto, whom the incumbent defeated narrowly in the 2014 polls.
Indonesia's presidential and parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously on 17 April 2019. (dpa)