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Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet expectations?




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By Michael Bristow BBC News, Jakarta

 




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Political analyst Tobias Basuki likes to tell a story about Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo that has perhaps been embellished over the years but shows why so many people have such high hopes for the country's next leader.http://www.jakarta-baru.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/imagesqtbnANd9GcQkg4-Imr6hS6c9zGDx5VIiQuZqHfz6jzBzoKeiljvgv5wutLVwHg

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Obama’s Indonesian Childhood: Facts vs. Myths

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By webadmin on 12:28 pm Mar 23, 2010

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During an interview with Indonesian journalist Putra Nababan of RCTI last week, Barack Obama commented on several rumors about the four years he spent in Jakarta as a child. Here’s a list of facts vs. myths according to the US president.

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"A Letter From the Kampung"

 

 

BY Stanley Weiss, a global mining executive and founder of Washington-based Business Executives for National Security, has been widely published on domestic and international issues for three decades.

WASHINGTON, DC- Indonesia has been wracked by a string of seismic and volcanic activity of late --including a 6.0 magnitude quake today in the eastern part of the archipelago nation of 250 million. But with the world's third-largest democracy readying for their fast-approaching 2014 presidential elections, the biggest tectonic shift in Indonesia may be political in nature. All eyes are on Joko (Jokowi) Widodo, the charismatic Governor of Jakarta, as he vies with the popular but as-yet-undeclared former special forces commander General Prabowo Subianto to succeed the term-limited President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Eager for insights into the rapidly-shifting currents of Indonesian presidential politics, I reached out to a Javanese friend, who sent me the following letter.

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What Jokowi Can Learn From Obama

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Written by Stanley A. Weiss

 

JAKARTA -- At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, the President of the United States placed a congratulatory phone call to the President-elect of Indonesia. "Apa kabar?" -- "how are you?" -- President Barack Obama asked Joko Widodo before conveying his congratulations. It was a remarkable moment. For one thing, the President of the United States had greeted his Indonesian counterpart in passable Bahasa Indonesian, which Obama learned growing up in Jakarta, roughly 350 miles west of Joko's Central Javan hometown of Surakarta, also known as Solo. For another, a decade ago few could have predicted that either man would be occupying their respective offices at all.

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Jokowi Criticized for Appointing Ex-Intelligence Chief as Adviser

 

By Jakarta Globe on 02:50 pm Aug 10, 2014

Category Featured, Human Rights, News, Politics

Tags: Indonesia human rights, Joko Widodo, Munir Said Thalib

President-Elect Joko Widodo, center, with members of his transition team, on Aug. 4, 2014. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

President-Elect Joko Widodo, center, with members of his transition team, on Aug. 4, 2014. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

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With Jokowi as President, Would Indonesia Continue to Dazzle Asia?

By William Pesek on 09:07 pm May 20, 2014

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If you could travel back to 1998 and ask which nation would be Southeast Asia’s most promising 16 years later, would you have guessed Indonesia?

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The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia

 

Joko Widodo’s potential presidential victory could well inspire other citizen movements in Southeast Asia.

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By Mong Palatino

May 16, 2014

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly known, is on track to be the next president of Indonesia. And if he continues his impressive performance as a public servant, he may soon emerge as the most credible leader in Southeast Asia.

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Indonesia’s Obama’ Is Actually Nothing of the Sort

May 20, 2014

Indonesian Presidential Election Candidates Name Vice Presidents Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo waves to a crowd of supporters after officially naming Jusuf Kalla as his vice-presidential running mate in Jakarta on May 19, 2014 Ed Wray—Getty Images

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