Indonesia

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia’s president

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:01AM UTC Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.

Indonesia’s Joko takes center stage

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:32AM UTC New Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo was inaugurated into office Monday morning in Jakarta after a hectic interregnum in which it appeared that his opponent in the July 9 national elections, Prabowo Subianto, might seek to steal the office from him.

Kerry urges Asia to boost anti-Islamic State push

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 6:15PM UTC US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak shake hands at the beginning of a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is asking Asian nations to step up their efforts to combat Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.

In Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesia’s new reformist president, Kerry took the opportunity to meet separately with the prime ministers of Malaysia and Australia. Later Monday, he’ll meet with leaders of other Asian nations.

Joko Widodo inaugurated as president of Indonesia

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 11:51AM UTC Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia’s new president on Monday.

Indonesia: Jokowi and Prabowo meet for first time since election

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 6:12PM UTC Indonesia President-elect Joko Widodo, left, and defeated presidential election Prabowo Subianto, right. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s defeated presidential candidate and the victor Joko Widodo have met for the first time since the bitterly contested polls, in a sign that political tensions in the Southeast Asian nation might be thawing.

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