Indonesian president Joko Widodo to register candidacy for 2019 election

Prabowo and Sandiaga Uno announce their bid in the 2019 presidential elections. —Reuters

Earlier, SBY had thrown his support behind Subianto and even stated that he would leave the decision for vice presidential candidate up to Subianto.

The opposition party Gerindrra asked General Prabowo Subianto, who was defeated in 2014 in the "Jokowi" elections, to seek a Muslim religious leader as a deputy.

Opinion polls show Prabowo is well behind Widodo, who is popularly known as Jokowi. Prabowo is a charismatic nationalist with strong links to Islamists who frequently rails against foreigners. Hours before the announcement, former chief justice Mahfud MD touted himself as the Widodo's vice-presidential candidate. Last year, the cleric was a key expert witness in the blasphemy trial that sent Chinese Christian former Jakarta governor and staunch Widodo ally, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, to prison for two years.

Amin had been a presidential adviser and had served in local and national legislatures in the past.

"Jokowi is anxious that the issue of religion would be used to attack him", Arya said. Amin is now Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia) as well as Chairman of the advisory council of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world's largest Islamic organization. "They want to struggle for our beloved nation", he said.

The MUI was also pivotal to several controversial regulations including the country's anti-Pornography law, which has to date blocked out 70,000 "negative" websites, and the 2013 decree banning the Ahmadiyah Muslim religious sect. "These forums replaced the principle of religious freedom, stoked divisions and favoured the majority Sunni Muslim community".

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"I have decided, after being approved by the parties' coalition, that my vice president candidate for 2019-2024 is Prof.

"It is not easy to build a coalition because many things have to be brought together", Prabowo said.

Meanwhile, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)'s Democrat Party (PD) organized an "emergency meeting" on Thursday afternoon (09/08). "This is the foundation that we have built and it needs to be continued", said Jokowi on August 10, in front of his supporters at Gedung Joang 45 before departing to the General Election Commission (KPU) to register himself and his running mate.

Former investment banker Uno said he would work with Prabowo "to present a strong government. build the economy and stabilise food prices".

A total of 904 athletes were present to represent the whole Indonesian contingent who will compete in the 18th Asian Games which will take place in Jakarta and Palembang, capital of South Sumatra province, from Aug 18 to Sept 2.

"We will fight for all Indonesian people, whatever their religion, whatever the tribe, whatever the ethnicity, whatever the race", Mr Prabowo said after officially registering his ticket. Uno has roots in Gorontalo in Sulawesi.

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