2 Populist political shift
Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has shifted to a more populist political agenda as he anticipates a tough 2019 reelection battle. Widodo abandoned $20
billion in infrastructure projects, while putting price controls on necessities like sugar, rice, fuel and power. “With these moves, he can gain popularity by benefiting the people and ensuring welfare both in the short- and
long-term,” said an official speaking anonymously.