Words are the trade in politics. But words are a notoriously risky commodity. Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Mahfud MD knows that all too well. He was supposedly given the impression that Jokowi had chosen him as running mate. Poor Mahfud, after telling journalists that he had been chosen, it turned out that he had not. Jokowi had chosen Ma’ruf Amin instead. It looked like a last minute compromise, but is it the right compromise to make?

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