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Jakarta Governor’s Presidential Nomination Shakes Up Indonesian Politics

The rise of Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, a former furniture retailer from a small town in Java, has become something of a political phenomenon in Indonesia. A relative outsider in a system dominated by political elites, many say Widodo is likely to be Indonesia’s next president.   Even before it was certain he would run president, Joko Widodo, known widely here by his nickname ‘Jokowi,’ has dominated opinion polls for months.   Dubbed the ‘Jokowi effect’ the current Jakarta...

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