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Indonesia's Jokowi must use popularity to remake the economy

President has numbers in person and in parliament to pass radical reforms

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High approval for Jokowi should be put to good use.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo was that rarest of things in 2019: a world leader who ended a tumultuous year for the globe more popular than he started it.

Peers from Washington to Tokyo had exactly the opposite fortune as trade wars, scandals and controversies hit approval ratings. Yet Widodo, known as Jokowi, saw his support jump to 70% in the first 100 days of his second term. That is up from 58% at the same point in his first term in 2015. His super-coalition also has 75% of seats in parliament.

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