Joko Widodo (front) presents members of his cabinet at the presidential palace in Jakarta (photo: dpa)

Jokowi brings a new look to Indonesian government

Joko Widodo has already brought a new dimension to government in Jakarta. His cabinet members were vetted by the anti-corruption and money-laundering authorities and many are technocrats rather than politicians. But despite his popularity as a ‘man of the people’, his ruling coalition has only 37 per cent of the seats in the new parliament. Much of his energy may be spent fighting his way through Indonesia’s byzantine politics rather than tackling issues including a slowing economy and endemic corruption.

INDONESIA’S new president, Joko Widodo, has marked his arrival with a series of unconventional moves.

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