Asia-Pacific

Aug 11, 2014

Hope and change? Jokowi embraces the ‘Butcher of Lampung’

Indonesia's new President-elect has selected a very controversial transition team. Were hope and change just slogans to become elected? Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma explains.

Lurking behind the hope and change that came with Jokowi’s election victory are the old established forces of Indonesian politics. As the President-elect prepares to take office in October, Joko Widodo is building a governing coalition that may not be as endearing as the high ideals that got him elected.

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