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Rivals look to weaknesses of 'Jokowinomics' for ammunition

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Marguerite Afra SapiieĀ 

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 9, 2018   /  07:29 am
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Women grouped in the Emak-Emak Militan, (militant moms) stage a rally on July 18 in at the State Palace in Central Jakarta. The women protested about economic issues, including rising prices, and criticized President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's infrastructure drive.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

On paper, the 2019 election appears to be a shoo-in for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the incumbent who is far ahead of any potential rivals in his electability. No figure is as popular and likable as Jokowi, who is often pictured in a white shirt with his sleeves rolled up as he talks to people on a bus or at a market. His populist social and economic policies have also won him widespread grassroots support, and people have enjoyed free health care and free education, with generous cash assistance for the poorest of the poor and, most importantly, cheap subsidized gasoline for the politically conscious lower middle class. Economic growth has not been great, but it has not been disastrous, either. Jokowi appears to be hard to beat, but this has not stopped his rivals from seeking and highlighting the weaknesses and flaws in the ad...