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Jakarta Post

‘Good days’ fi nd outsize role in Jokowi’s Javanese leadership style

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Wed, January 20 2021   /  01:00 am
This handout photo taken and released on January 13, 2021 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) receiving the country's first Covid-19 vaccine jab.(The Jakarta Post/Presidential Palace)

Lately, Wednesdays seem to have taken on more meaning than the simple mid-week hump. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has had a tendency to announce and enact important government policies on that day of the week, and some say it’s not a coincidence. Most recently, the Javanese leader chose last Wednesday to become the first person in the country to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during the launch a mass campaign seeking to inoculate 181.5 million Indonesians, some 70 percent of the population, against the disease within 18 months (but ideally in under a year). The event was heavily orchestrated and broadcast live from the Presidential Palace for all to see. On the same day, Jokowi sent State Secretary Pratikno to the House of Representatives to deliver a letter officially nominating the head of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Ba...