Jokowi: meteoric rise of a political outsider


Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo. -AFP

JAKARTA: He was raised in a bamboo shack in a riverbank slum on Indonesia's main island of Java.

Now Joko Widodo stands a good chance of becoming the country's next president, a remarkable rise for the down-to-earth outsider in a political scene long dominated by aloof dynasties and elites from the era of dictator Suharto.

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