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Jokowi says COVID shouldn't hinder Indonesia structural reforms

President proposes budget aimed at boosting recovery and fiscal consolidation

TOKYO -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo vowed Monday to keep working to reform the nation, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues the batter Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Widodo's remarks came in his annual state of the nation speech to parliament to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Indonesia's independence. Like last year, only a select group was present in parliament to minimize the risk of infections.

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