Campaign smears taint Indonesian presidential race
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Campaign smears taint Indonesian presidential race

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s presidential race appears to have tightened dramatically less than a week before the election with credible polling showing front-runner and former Jakarta governor Joko Widodo having lost virtually all the formidable lead he had before his nomination.

Analysts say millions of undecided voters have turned to Prabowo Subianto, a former army general who has been accused of abducting pro-democracy activists in 1998 and instigating deadly riots.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Widodo, known for his down-to-earth demeanor and known as “Jokowi,” says massive smear campaigns by his opponents have significantly reduced his electability. He was wondering how the government and law enforcers could not prevent it.

Ahmad Muzani, deputy campaign chief for Subianto, says his candidate is also a victim of unfair publication by local media.