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Jokowi calls on Indonesia to use COVID-19 to make a 'big leap'

Government lowers GDP forecast for 2020 to between -1.1% and 0.2%

Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers a speech at the parliament building in Jakarta on Aug. 14.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the country must use the COVID-19 pandemic to "renew" itself as it aims to reach developed-nation status in the next 25 years.

Widodo's remarks came in his annual state of the union speech to parliament on Friday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Indonesia's independence. Only a select group was present in parliament, with the rest of the lawmakers watching online to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

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