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Jakarta Post

Jokowi seeks 'big leap' after pandemic

  • Ghina Ghaliya, Budi Sutrisno and Gemma Holliani Cahya


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 15 2020   /  01:00 am
Going traditional: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo dressed in a traditional Indonesian traditional costume from Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara gestures as he delivers a speech ahead of the 75th Independence Day, at the People’s Consultative Assembly/House of Representatives compound in Jakarta on Friday.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Wrapped in the traditional black and golden garb of the people of East Nusa Tenggara, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made a big ask when he gave his annual state of the nation address in the chambers of the People’s Consultative Assembly in Jakarta on Friday.   He asked the people to support his massive development drive, even in the midst of an unfurling multidimensional crisis.   “Our current goal is not only to escape the pandemic but also to get through the crisis. We are taking measures to take a big leap by making the most of the ongoing crisis,” Jokowi said.   In his speech, held to commemorate Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day that falls on Monday, the President acknowledged that, like most countries in the world today, Indonesia was facing one of the worst economic crises in history, due to a pandemic that has ...