Joko Widodo

Indonesia's Joko Widodo jets in as new bond forged

As Joko Widodo and Rodrigo ­Duterte strolled in white shirtsleeves through a sea of batik at Jakarta’s famous textile market some weeks ago, the temptation to draw comparisons between the two former provincial mayors, now leaders of Asia’s two largest democracies, was irresistible. Both are political outsiders who rose to power on a wave of nationalism and populist discontent with the respective old-guard elites of Indonesia and The Philippines.

Jokowi and the constraints on a populist presidency

When Joko Widodo won Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election, his victory was greeted as a historic breakthrough for Indonesian democracy.

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