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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has plans to launch the economy into the world's top 10, but now he is turning more inward. (© Nikkei montage/Source photo by Reuters)
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Widodo turns inward as rupiah slides and election looms

Indonesian president does about-face from bold vision he offered in 2014

ERWIDA MAULIA and SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writers | Indonesia

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's opposition is attacking President Joko Widodo where it hurts ahead of next April's general election.

They are taking to social media to allege he is rolling out the red carpet for Chinese workers to enter the country and snatch jobs away from locals. A theme song accompanying the #2019GantiPresiden (change the president in 2019) campaign takes a swipe at Widodo's "Work, work, work" motto:

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