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Widodo's weak points may yet sink the popular president

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Infrastructure delays and intractable deficits are among Widodo's main challenges as he looks ahead to re-election in 2019.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- From local politician to leader of one of the world's most populous nations, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has enjoyed a wave of popular support, buoyed by his clean image and promises of economic growth. But delayed infrastructure development and intractable deficits could derail his hopes of re-election in 2019.

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