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Jokowi’s Sumatra defeat: Insider’s voice

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Jakarta   /   Sat, May 4, 2019   /  11:02 am
Jokowi’s Sumatra defeat: Insider’s voice President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center), accompanied by First Lady Iriana, listens to State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno (second left) and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (third left) as he inspects the newly re-inaugurated Sibolga Port in Sibolga, North Sumatra. (Antara/Irsan Mulyadi)

The much-anticipated presidential election has finally ended with, according to quick count results, the incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin leading by approximately 10 percent over the other duo, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno. Jokowi’s victory, however, is being plagued by a substantial defeat in many provinces in Sumatra. Jokowi’s underperformance there was attributed to his failure to overcome problems with roads and with the prices of rubber and palm fruit, which have concerned the general population of Sumatra for years. Jokowi has branded himself as an “infrastructure president” on numerous occasions, including during the presidential debates vis-à-vis his two-time contender, Prabowo. Indeed within his almost five-year tenure massive infrastructure projects have been initiated with some currently under way. Roads...

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