Indonesians flock to final presidential campaign rallies

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as 'Jokowi' runs on the stage during a campaign rally at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
An Indonesian electoral worker prepares a ballot box to be distributed to polling stations in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. The world's third-largest democracy is gearing up to hold its legislative and presidential elections on April 17. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
The image of Indonesian President Joko Widodo is projected on a large screens as he delivers a speech during a campaign rally at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Indonesian women cheer during the campaign rally of Indonesian President Joko Widodo at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Supporters react as a large banner of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as 'Jokowi' and his running mate in the upcoming election Ma'ruf Amin is blown by the wind during a campaign rally at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Indonesian electoral volunteers prepare ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. The world's third-largest democracy is gearing up to hold its legislative and presidential elections on April 17. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, left, with running mate Sandiaga Uno, right, pray prior a televised presidential candidate debate in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana)
Indonesian electoral workers prepare ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. The world's third-largest democracy is gearing up to hold its legislative and presidential elections on April 17. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, right, delivers a speech with running mate Ma'ruf Amin, left, during a televised presidential candidate debate in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana)
Supporters hold a banner of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno during a campaign rally in Tangerang, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo/Fadlan Syam)
Indonesian electoral workers load ballot boxes into a truck to be distributed to polling stations in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. The world's third-largest democracy is gearing up to hold its legislative and presidential elections on April 17. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers a speech during his campaign rally at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Tens of thousands Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between incumbent Joko Widodo and his challenger former special forces general Prabowo Subianto. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Tens of thousands of Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies Saturday ahead of a final debate between the two candidates, four days before the country heads to the polls.

Supporters of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo filled a stadium in central Jakarta, while the vice presidential running mate of challenger Prabowo Subianto held a rally in a satellite city.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 100,000, Widodo emphasized the importance of his big ticket infrastructure policy and education for the country's future development.

He said pluralism is non-negotiable in Muslim-majority Indonesia, addressing supporters' fears about the aims of a conservative Islamic movement that backs Subianto.

"People in a developing nation must be optimistic because we still have big jobs to do and face big challenges," Widodo said.

Widodo and Subianto appeared in the final of five televised debates between the presidential and vice presidential candidates on Saturday evening.

About 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote Wednesday in presidential and legislative elections. Widodo, who narrowly defeated Subianto in the 2014 election, is Indonesia's first president from outside the Jakarta elite. Subianto is an establishment figure from a wealthy family who was a special forces general during the Suharto dictatorship that ended amid social and economic chaos in 1998.

Subianto's running mate, Sandiaga Uno, told a crowd of thousands in Tangerang that a government led by them would focus on ensuring Indonesians had good jobs and a lower cost of living.

"We will be able to unite the country and make this country very strong," said Uno, a businessman who has spent more than $100 million on the campaign.

Subianto supporter Akhirudin Konsi said he wants a "president who will fight for our rights and stand behind people, who will lower prices, especially education, fuel and basic needs."

Polls show Widodo has maintained a big lead over Subianto for months, but some analysts say the race is tighter than it appears.

Businessman Sahala Panjaitan said he and four family members came to Jakarta for Widodo's rally from Pontianak in West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.

"We came from across the island because we want to show that Jokowi's support was far greater," Panjaitan said. "He is the nation's best son."

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