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Honeymoon over for Jokowi as U-turns erode his authority

With Indonesian president bogged down in party politics, investors wonder if he has the clout to push reforms

Mr Widodo conceded that he had not read the decree on car allowances before signing it - drawing widespread scorn on social media and in newspapers, which drew up lists of other reversals.

Denpasar, Indonesia

WHEN Indonesian President Joko Widodo wanted to push this year's Budget through the opposition-dominated Parliament, he left it to his advisers to hash out a deal with lawmakers.

Among the sweeteners his aides offered Parliament members was to roughly double