Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo advised his partner, Ma'ruf Amin, to be calm while performing at the third round of presidential debate for 2019 Presidential Election.

"He suggested me to be calm, prepare myself and understand what Jokowi-JK (Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla) had done so far. So when the problem arose, I already knew (how to manage)," Amin said prior to the debate at Hotel Sultan, Jakarta, Sunday evening.

Amin is expected to deliver his vision and mission for his candidacy as vice president. He wishes to provide programs that can be beneficial for public, to build a better future for the country.

Amin, who is a respected cleric, said, if necessary, he would recite verses from the Quran during the debate to support his arguments.

Amin has prepared himself to talk on a number of issues regarding education, health, labor, social and culture, which are the themes of today's debate.

The issue of labor, according to him, is not something new since it has long been a problem.

Solution to address such issue, Amin added, had been carried out by Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla. He just needs to elaborate more on the measures that have been taken to realize optimal results.

In 2015, the number of laid-off workers reached 48,843 people. This figure decreased in 2016 to 12,777 people and to 9,822 workers in 2017, then declined again to 3,362 people in 2018.

While the number of open unemployment in 2015 reached 6.18 percent, in 2016 amounted to 5.61 percent. Furthermore, in 2017, as many as 5.5 percent and 2018 as many as 5.34 percent of the total workforce.

The 2019 Presidential Election was followed by two pairs of presidential and vice-presidential candidates, namely pair number 01 Joko Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin, and pair number 02 Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno.

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Translator: Yashinta Difa P, Virna Puspa
Editor: Gusti Nur Cahya Aryani
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