Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate
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Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Indonesia is gearing up to hold its presidential election on April 17 that will pit in the incumbent against the former general.(AP Photo / Achmad Ibrahim)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s presidential candidates have debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world’s third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns.

When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, asked former general Prabowo Subianto about his policies for supporting Indonesia’s unicorns a look of bafflement passed across the former military man’s face.

Wondering aloud, he replied: “What are unicorns? You mean those online things?” Widodo sagely nodded in the affirmative.

Subianto was probably not alone in his ignorance but social media in Indonesia gleefully seized on Sunday’s exchange as proof of his lack of qualification to be president.

In the tech world, a unicorn is a start-up company valued at $1 billion and Indonesia has several of them.

The Associated Press

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