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Jakarta Post

Wanted: Better Cabinet

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, October 14 2019   /  12:49 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will begin his second term on Oct. 20 on shaky ground. Despite winning the majority of votes in the April presidential election and his political party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), securing the largest number of seats in the House of Representatives, President Jokowi will be sworn in with a significant chunk of his political capital spent and exhausted after dealing with major political problems in the past six months.From a worsening security and political situation in Papua to forest fires and student protests against the amendment of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, the President has not only had to stave off resistance and opposition from the public but also from his own ruling coalition. It is a daily struggle that has distracted him from his key goals of driving economic growth, building more infrastructure...