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Indonesia’s Joko Widodo Begins Second Term Promising to Champion Democracy and Boost Development

(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with pledges to champion democracy and take bolder actions against poverty and entrenched corruption in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Known for his down-to-earth style, Widodo opted for an austere ceremony at the heavily guarded Parliament in contrast to the festive parade and horse-drawn carriage at his first inauguration, a relaxed affair where he was cheered on by thousands of waving supporters. A knife attack by an Islamic militant couple against his security minister on Oct.

 

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