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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Jokowi 2.0 – Stronger, hopefully faster and more effective

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  12:51 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has a dream start to his second term in office. With a bigger mandate, politically he is at his most powerful, having taken the oath of office as president for 2019-2024 on Sunday.But the challenges facing him are more complex now, raising questions over whether he can move faster or lead as effectively as he has these past five years.Besides winning the April presidential race with a 10-percent margin as opposed to 5 percent, five political parties endorsed his reelection, compared to only four parties five years ago.Together, the five parties already control 60 percent of the 575-seat House of Representatives. The coalition government is bolstered by two or even possibly three opposition parties who crossed the aisle, or would do so, before or after Sunday’s inauguration. His coalition controls the House’s legislative agenda from the word go.In 20...