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Widodo's support erodes as economy sags, infrastructure projects stall

With his first term half over, Indonesia's president can boast some successes

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo attends a groundbreaking ceremony for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway line in West Java province in January 2016.   © Reuters

JAKARTA Indonesian President Joko Widodo has completed the first half of his five-year term that began in October 2014.

The country's first head of state from neither the establishment nor the military, Widodo, who is popularly known as "Jokowi," has achieved a degree of success in one of his pledges, to narrow domestic economic gaps. But his infrastructure development plan, worth 5,000 trillion rupiah ($375 billion), is far behind schedule due to financial shortfalls. Poor infrastructure has been the bottleneck of the Indonesian economy, and how much Widodo can make up for the delay in his remaining two and a half years will affect his chances for a second term.

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