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Jakarta Post

Jokowi to remain aloof from world stage

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 13 2019   /  12:16 am

A second term in office usually gives an incumbent head of state the freedom to be more active internationally and pursue a grander foreign policy agenda.But staying true to his low-profile and cautious style of governing, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that he would not make significant changes in how he would deal with international politics during his second term and that his main focus for the next five years would remain domestic issues at home.In response to a question from The Jakarta Post on Tuesday on whether he planned to play a greater role in directly leading the country’s diplomatic efforts in his final term in office, Jokowi answered, “The thing is, there are much more pressing domestic issues [that need to be dealt with].”“I think domestic [affairs] requires more attention,” he said.However, Jokowi, who will likely be sworn in for a second term in Oc...