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Jokowi seeks to boost image by putting media chiefs in government

One detractor says Indonesian president's cabinet picks 'damage democracy'

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the ASEAN leaders summit in November: Faced with falling public support, Widodo has appointed new advisers to boost his standing with young people.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is seeking to bolster his public support by handing a number of advisory and cabinet posts to media moguls or members of their families.

This has prompted observers to say he is trying to use their influence to silence his critics as he seeks to push through potentially unpopular economic reforms.

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