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With polls looming, Jakarta is expected to go into holding pattern with reforms

President Widodo has won praise for overhauling the bureaucracy and investing in infrastructure and services for the poor. Regional and presidential polls are expected in 2018 and 2019.


REFORMS enacted by Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, may have won praise from investors and analysts, but as the world's third largest democracy lurches toward regional and presidential elections, that pace of change will slow to a crawl.

Since sweeping to power in 2014,...

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