Opinion – Indonesia and Jokowi: Right place, right time

22.11.2014

By Non classé

First published on 21 November 2014 in the Straits Times
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/opinion/more-opinion-stories/story/indonesia-and-jokowi-right-place-right-time-20141121

The political transition under way as a result of Mr Joko Widodo’s election victory in July is breaking new political ground in Indonesia and showing just how far the country has developed as a democracy in 17 years.

One month into his tenure, the Jakarta establishment is still trying to digest the fact that Mr Joko – known popularly as Jokowi – a complete outsider who doesn’t own a house or have friends or family in the capital, won the presidential election.

The political and business elite is coming to terms with a president who doesn’t know who the main players are, nor care what they think as he sets out to serve the people who elected him…

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