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Widodo basks in Asian Games' glory to woo millennial voters

Motorcycle stunt energizes Indonesian president's bid for re-election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo runs in the torch relay for the Asian Games on Aug. 17 at the presidential palace in Jakarta.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo deftly used his country's impressive performance at the Asian Games to bolster his re-election bid next year, reaching out to social media-savvy millennials with well choreographed appearances.

Indonesia hosted the games for the first time in 56 years this year. Throughout the roughly two-week event, which ended on Sept. 2, Widodo made numerous public appearances designed to raise his public profile.

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