2 Pop­ulist po­lit­i­cal shift

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama -

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.

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