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Jokowi rushes to win over public to see through capital move

Speculation of unpopular term extension weighs on poll numbers

Indonesian President Joko Widodo opens a parade of MotoGP racers in Jakarta on March 16. He aims to move some administrative functions to the new capital, Nusantara, by 2024.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- As Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reaches the midpoint of his second and apparently final term, he has made relocating the capital a top priority to build his political legacy. But the public popularity he has long counted on is showing signs of ebbing.

Speculation persists that Widodo will stay in office beyond October 2024, whether through extending his current term or seeking a third. Either option would require amending the constitution -- a highly controversial idea.

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