Jokowi desperate for more political capital

He becomes leader of Asean’s largest economy on Monday but his presidential rival controls parliament. This is not good for Indonesia's much needed reforms.

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo begins his reign as Indonesia’s president on Monday but, after a year of talk and promises, it is still not clear what control he will actually have.

In short, he might be the new leader of Asean’s largest economy but his presidential rival former general Prabowo Subianto controls parliament through his Red and White Coalition RWC.

After defeating Subianto in the presidential race by a closer-than-expected margin of 53.15% to 46.85% in July, Widodo has set about glueing together an uncertain leadership under the umbrella of the Great Indonesia Coalition GIC.

He has met with members of the legislative...

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