Joko Widodo

6 protesters killed as Indonesia election rally turns violent
SINGAPORE (May 22): At least six people were killed and hundreds more injured in clashes between police and supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in the worst political violence to hit Jakarta in two decades. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan appealed for public order and urged police to exercise restraint and avoid conflict with the protesters in the capital city. ...
Jokowi declared winner a month after Indonesia presidential vote
(May 21): Indonesian President Joko Widodo won last month’s bitterly contested election by a double-digit margin, official results showed Tuesday, putting the former furniture exporter in charge of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation for another five years. Widodo, known as Jokowi, won 55.5% of the national vote, compared to his challenger Prabowo Subianto’s 44.5%, the General ...
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SINGAPORE (Apr 29): “I suggest you build and not just buy. You are more likely to win the race this way.” — Manpower Minister Josephine Teo, urging financial institutions to invest more in training their workforce. Biden enters Democratic race for president Former US vice-president Joe Biden has announced that he is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, throwing his ...
Indonesia: Will a re-elected Jokowi rise to the occasion?
SINGAPORE (Apr 29): President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) cruised to victory in last week’s presidential election against his only challenger, Prabowo Subianto. The “quick count” of votes showed Jokowi winning the election by a clear majority of around 54% compared with Prabowo’s 46% — a slightly higher margin compared with his 2014 win over Prabowo. Parties supporting Jokowi are likely to ...
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SINGAPORE (Apr 22): “I’m a kiasu Singaporean. Being first in line for this is a privilege that will never happen again.” — Justin Zheng, who was the first in line to eat at US burger chain Shake Shack in Jewel Changi Airport on its April 17 opening day. He started queuing at 4.30am. Jokowi takes lead in early counting One of the most massive undertakings in democracy the country has ...
Indonesians to vote in world's biggest single-day election
(Apr 15): Tens of millions of Indonesians will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections this week after campaigns focused on the economy, but with political Islam looming ever larger in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation. President Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman who launched his political career as a small-city mayor, is standing for re-election in a contest with ...
Indonesia says election targeted by Chinese, Russian hackers
(Mar 13): Chinese and Russian hackers are attacking Indonesia’s voter data base in a bid to disrupt the country’s upcoming presidential election, according to a senior election commission official. As Indonesia prepares for simultaneous presidential and legislative polls on April 17, authorities are facing a wave of cyber incursions they say may be aimed at discrediting the polling ...
Relations between big powers becoming more and more like ‘Game of Thrones’, says Widodo
(Oct 12): Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged global central bankers and finance ministers on Friday to remain committed to cooperation and to "nudge their leaders in the right direction" to contain growing risks facing the world's economy.   At the plenary session of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings being hosted by Indonesia, Widodo peppered his speech with ...
Street hawkers pave the way to Indonesia’s first e-commerce IPO
JAKARTA (Sept 28): The first Indonesian e-commerce startup to go public will test investors’ appetite for technology companies that hail from Southeast Asia’s largest economy. PT Kioson Komersial Indonesia, which connects some 19,000 merchants in 300 cities with consumers, lists October 3 after raising 45 billion rupiah ($4.5 million). While small, its initial public offering provides a ...
Why Indonesia is chasing China's billions
(Nov 3): China’s investment in Indonesia has more than doubled since 2015 as President Joko Widodo’s five meetings with Xi Jinping in the past two years start to pay off. Foreign direct investment from China stood at US$1.6 billion ($2.21 billion) in January to September, up from about US$600 million for the whole of last year, according to figures from the Indonesia Investment ...