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Jakarta Post

Jokowi off to slow start in second term

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 30, 2020   /  08:18 am
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Tunnel vision: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) talks to Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono (left) and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil after inaugurating the Nanjung Water Tunnel in Margaasih, Bandung regency, West Java, on Wednesday. The 230-meter-long tunnel with a diameter of 8 m was developed to mitigate flooding in southern Bandung.(Antara/Raisan Al Farisi)

The first 100 days of the Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin administration have been marked by a focus on economic matters as law enforcement and human rights issues remain on the back burner, continuing a trend from the end of his first term. Despite his pledges to expedite reform, President Jokowi, who was inaugurated on Oct. 20, has yet to be able to lay the groundwork for his key programs in his second term, including the enactment of a slew of omnibus bills aimed at boosting economic growth. Economists say his administration has not moved quickly enough to enact the new bills. The government aims to pass four omnibus bills — one on taxation, one on job creation, one on pharmaceuticals and one on the new capital city. Jokowi said on Wednesday that he had signed a presidential letter that would kick-start the deliberation process for the omnibus bil...