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Indonesia's Widodo, a maverick no longer

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo salutes during celebrations for Indonesia's 71st Independence Day at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Aug. 17.   © Reuters

On Oct. 20, 2014, Joko Widodo was sworn into office as Indonesian president after a campaign that promoted him as a clean and modest outsider against the patronage-steeped veterans of party politics. Many analysts thought the system was stacked against his presidency succeeding. 

Now he is receiving a dubious accolade. The former humble small businessman and city mayor has become a "normal politician" who has learned to "accommodate" corrupt and rent-seeking opponents, according to Eve Warburton, an Indonesian specialist at the Australian National University.

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