Indonesian presidential palace staff wave national flags as President Joko Widodo leaves for the parliament building. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Widodo deserving of support for his plans to move nation ahead

  • While the Indonesian president has sound ideas and a strong mandate to rule, there are powerful vested interests to contend with and he needs courage to overcome the pressures

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Indonesian presidential palace staff wave national flags as President Joko Widodo leaves for the parliament building. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP

Jokowi’s Javanese power play has Prabowo in face-off with an old army nemesis

  • President raised eyebrows by naming his rival as defence minister, but he also appointed Fachrul Razi – who dismissed Prabowo from the army 21 years ago
  • Analysts say Fachrul’s appointment as religious affairs minister reflects the security aspect of his role, as the country grapples with rising radicalism
Topic |   Indonesia

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and defence minister Prabowo Subianto at a meeting in July 2019. Photo: AP
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