Unicorns become an unexpected symbol of Indonesia's second presidential debate

During the debate, Mr Widodo asked his opponent about his strategy in building infrastructure to support the emerging "unicorn" industry in Indonesia. The term refers to a tech start up company that reaches US$1 billion ($1.4 billion) in market value. Indonesia currently has four "unicorns" and is expected to have more than five by 2019. Unsure about Mr Widodo's question, Mr Subianto asked, "you mean … [that] online … online unicorn?" The confusion was met with laughter during the live debate, and Indonesian netizens were quick to come up with various unicorn memes. Some showed the candidates riding unicorns together, while in other images the two competitors appeared as flying unicorns.

President Joko Widodo and Opposition Leader Prabowo Subianto took to the stage alone on Sunday night, this time without their vice-presidential candidates. Just minutes after the debate began, two explosions were heard about 650 metres from the debate venue — but police said there were no casualties and local media reported the blasts were the result of firecrackers.


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Publication Date
Feb 17, 2019