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Indonesia's Widodo praised on economy, but criticised on rights

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo has won praise for bold economic reforms at the start of his term, but his man-of-the-people image has suffered after criticism of his commitment to human rights and fighting corruption.


Indonesia police chief row sparks crisis for Widodo

A feud between Indonesia's law enforcement and its corruption watchdog over the nomination of a police chief has escalated into a full-blown crisis for Joko Widodo, testing the new president's pledge to usher in cleaner governance.


Indonesia's Widodo rallies supporters ahead of poll

JAKARTA, July 05, 2014 (AFP) - Presidential hopeful Joko Widodo pledged to build a "new history" for Indonesia at a huge campaign rally Saturday, a last push to win votes in a tight election race.


Widodo set to be declared winner of Indonesia presidential poll

JAKARTA: Jakarta governor Joko Widodo is expected Tuesday to be declared the winner of Indonesia's tightest presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, after his opponent ex-general Prabowo Subianto accused him of cheating.


Indonesia's Widodo unveils cabinet including female foreign minister

JAKARTA, Oct 26, 2014 (AFP) - New Indonesian President Joko Widodo Sunday unveiled a cabinet including the country's first female foreign minister, as well as political allies and technocrats in key economic posts.


Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential race

JAKARTA: Jakarta governor Joko Widodo declared victory Wednesday in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential race since the downfall of dictator Suharto, which has pitted him against ex-general Prabowo Subianto.


Reform-minded governor Joko Widodo wins Indonesian presidential race

JAKARTA: The reform-minded governor of teeming Jakarta, Joko Widodo, has comfortably won Indonesia's closely-fought presidential race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto, final results showed Tuesday.


Indonesia’s Widodo slaps down changes to foreign press laws

JAKARTA: New restrictions on foreign journalists in Indonesia have been dumped just a day after being announced, with President Joko Widodo directly intervening to kill off the controversial changes.


Indonesia ready to mediate in South China Sea, says Widodo

TOKYO, Aug 12, 2014 (AFP) - Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo said his country was ready to act as an intermediary to calm rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, according to an interview published Tuesday.


Indonesia’s Widodo aims for highest GDP in five years

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s economy is forecast to expand at the fastest pace in five years as higher tax revenue allows President Joko Widodo to trim the budget deficit while ramping up spending on building roads, bridges and seaports.