For Jokowi, Maintaining Indonesia’s Role Abroad Depends on Domestic Reform

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo greets supporters with his "three-finger greeting" symbolizing the unity of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 23, 2014 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).
Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo greets supporters with his "three-finger greeting" symbolizing the unity of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 23, 2014 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).

On July 22, the Indonesian Election Commission declared that Jakarta Gov. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had won the country’s presidential election. Even if the result is challenged in court, the margin of victory is wide enough for most to assume that Indonesia—the world’s fourth-largest nation, third-largest democracy and largest Muslim-majority country—will inaugurate Jokowi as its seventh president on Oct. 20 after a decade of stable leadership under outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Jokowi’s victory is nothing short of historic. By choosing a 53-year-old former furniture exporter over Prabowo Subianto, a former general and son-in-law of late dictator Suharto, Indonesians have elected […]

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