Indonesia president-elect, Joko Widodo (left), takes a 'selfie' with his supporters (photo: dpa)

Indonesia’s new leader faces challenges as he prepares for power

Joko Widodo has emerged from obscurity to become president-elect of Indonesia, a vast archipelago previously led by retired generals or the political elite. Before taking power in October he has to strengthen his coalition – he faces leading a minority government – and form a competent cabinet. In government, his aims will be to create growth, cut fuel subsidies and develop infrastructure. Watching his every move will be his rival for power, Prabowo Subianto.

INDONESIA’S President-elect Joko Widodo faces three key economic tasks as he attempts to prove he can provide a viable alternative to the nation’s previ...

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 Yang Razali Kassim
Mr Widodo is seen as a break from the past - neither a veteran politician from the Suharto era nor an activist from the tumultuous reform period which followed the former general and authoritarian leader’s fall in 1998
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