Festival of Books
Everything you need to know about the Festival of Books

Topics

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
In Indonesia, missteps mar president's first months in office
In Indonesia, missteps mar president's first months in office

Upon winning Indonesia's presidency last year, Joko Widodo received congratulatory messages that were not just from the usual array of world leaders. His landmark win also prompted shout-outs from members of Guns N' Roses, Megadeth and Anthrax. The messages from the heavy rock bands to Joko, a noted metal fan, seemed to underscore the excitement many Indonesians felt about the furniture salesman-turned-politician. Pledging to break with Indonesia's elite-dominated past, Joko, 53, displayed a common touch, making impromptu campaign visits to street vendors and marketplaces. Since taking office in October, however, his promises to reform Southeast Asia's biggest economy...

Loading