Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes the crowd following his inauguration in Jakarta yesterday. Nine heads of state attended the ceremony, while other nations including China were represented by ministers. Widodo, 53, is the country's first president who has no ties with late strongman Suharto or other political elites. Photo: AP Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes the crowd following his inauguration in Jakarta yesterday. Nine heads of state attended the ceremony, while other nations including China were represented by ministers. Widodo, 53, is the country's first president who has no ties with late strongman Suharto or other political elites. Photo: AP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes the crowd following his inauguration in Jakarta yesterday. Nine heads of state attended the ceremony, while other nations including China were represented by ministers. Widodo, 53, is the country's first president who has no ties with late strongman Suharto or other political elites. Photo: AP

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes the crowd following his inauguration in Jakarta yesterday. Nine heads of state attended the ceremony, while other nations including China were represented by ministers. Widodo, 53, is the country's first president who has no ties with late strongman Suharto or other political elites. Photo: AP Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes the crowd following his inauguration in Jakarta yesterday. Nine heads of state attended the ceremony, while other nations including China were represented by ministers. Widodo, 53, is the country's first president who has no ties with late strongman Suharto or other political elites. Photo: AP
Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes the crowd following his inauguration in Jakarta yesterday. Nine heads of state attended the ceremony, while other nations including China were represented by ministers. Widodo, 53, is the country's first president who has no ties with late strongman Suharto or other political elites. Photo: AP
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