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Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

Posted at 8:49 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 20:49:36-05

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — 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.