Obama congratulates Jokowi; what’s next?


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Obama congratulates Jokowi; what’s next?


US President Barack Obama has called Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to congratulate him on his victory in Indonesia’s “free and fair” presidential elections. Obama told the new leader of Southeast Asia’s biggest economy that he looked forward to meeting him “at the earliest opportunity.” Following a highly divisive presidential campaign and tense electoral process, the next 3 months will see Jokowi return to work in Jakarta while preparing for his new job. At the same time, the camp of former general Prabowo Subianto will press on with its legal challenge of the election results. Jokowi was declared the winner of the July 9 election by more than 6 percentage points.

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