In­done­sia’s Wi­dodo sworn in for 2nd term

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JAKARTA (AFP) — In­done­sia’s Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo was sworn in for a sec­ond term on Sun­day, as he­li­copters flew over­head and troops kept watch in the cap­i­tal Jakarta — days af­ter Is­lamist mil­i­tants tried to as­sas­si­nate his top se­cu­rity min­is­ter.

For­eign heads of state, law­mak­ers and po­lit­i­cal ri­vals looked on as Wi­dodo, 58, and Vice Pres­i­dent Ma’ruf Amin, 76, read an oath to start a five-year ten­ure lead­ing the world’s big­gest Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tion.

Out­side par­lia­ment, red-and­white In­done­sian flags dot­ted parts of the city, but cel­e­bra­tions were muted with sup­port­ers out­num­bered by some 30,000 se­cu­rity per­son­nel de­ployed amid fears of an­other at­tack.

Demon­stra­tions were also banned on Sun­day as ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence con­tin­ues to plague In­done­sia.

Sev­eral thou­sand sup­port­ers, many wear­ing T-shirts bear­ing the leader’s im­age, watched the cer­e­mony on a big screen near Jakarta’s na­tional mon­u­ment.

“I was wor­ried Is­lamic (hard­lin­ers) would take over the coun­try if he lost,” sup­porter Supri­ha­tini, who goes by one name, told AFP.

“I’m Mus­lim, but I don’t want that kind of move­ment here,” the 53-year-old added.

Widely known as Jokowi, the pres­i­dent said his fi­nal term would be aimed at erad­i­cat­ing poverty and cat­a­pult­ing the na­tion of some 260 mil­lion into a de­vel­oped coun­try with one of the world’s top five economies by 2045.

“I’m call­ing on min­is­ters, pub­lic of­fi­cials and bu­reau­crats to take these tar­gets se­ri­ously,” he told par­lia­ment, adding that of­fi­cials not com­mit­ted to his goals would be sacked.

AP-Yon­hap

In­done­sian Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo reads his oath dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony as the coun­try’s sev­enth pres­i­dent at the par­lia­ment build­ing in Jakarta, In­done­sia, Sun­day.

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