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Jokowi gains political traction after tumultuous first year

While challenges remain, his approval ratings are up amid improved market sentiment

Jokowi (above) seems to have smoothed out ties with his own Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, led by former president Megawati Soekarnoputri.


SHOPPERS clamber atop slippery fish stalls in a town in rural Indonesia to catch a glimpse of President Joko Widodo and jostle to kiss his hand, a sign that the star power that swept him to office a year-and-half ago is intact.

Until recently, the same couldn't be said for...