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Commuters ride the newly opened Jakarta MRT, the city's first subway network. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
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Widodo's infrastructure push -- election advantage or drag?

New metro line is a win for president, but debt concerns linger

ERWIDA MAULIA and SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writers | Indonesia

JAKARTA -- With less than a month to go before election day, a grinning President Joko Widodo stood inside a jammed subway car and touted the opening of Indonesia's first-ever metro network, the Jakarta MRT.

"I think this is a new culture, a new civilization that we must start to make a habit of," the president said on the packed, fast-moving train.

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