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Indonesian President Joko Widodo speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review in Raja Ampat, in the province of West Papua, on Dec. 22. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)
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Joko Widodo vows to 'fix' Indonesia as political heat rises

Interview offers early hints at the president's possible re-election tactics

WATARU SUZUKI and ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writers | Indonesia

RAJA AMPAT, Indonesia -- Home to some of the world's richest coral reefs, the remote islands of Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia are no secret among scuba divers. But President Joko Widodo wants to make sure these and other hidden national treasures get more attention.

"The runway will be extended to 2,200 meters," Widodo said on the morning of Dec. 22, when the Nikkei Asian Review caught up with him on a pier overlooking crystalline waters. The only airport in the area "will be able to accommodate bigger planes" after the expansion is completed next year, the president said. 

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