Opposition steps up pressure to undermine incoming Jokowi govt


THE reformist agenda and perhaps even the tenure of Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo are already in doubt - two weeks before he takes office.

Last week, the opposition "Red and White" coalition led by presidential election loser Prabowo Subianto, backed by a majority in the country's Lower House, seized all leadership positions, including that of the Speaker.

Badly-needed reforms such as a roll back of the country's US$25 billion fuel subsidy, which Mr Prabowo opposes, may now be off the table.

Late last month, the opposition effectively secured the power to make patronage appointments to the country's 534 mayors, governors and other regional leaders, by passing legislation to eliminate...

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