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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo set to be sworn in for second term amid tight security

JAKARTA – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to be sworn in for his second and final term on Sunday (Oct 20), amid tight security in the Jakarta capital where some 30,000 soldiers and police have stood guard overnight.

Mr Joko, 58, who won the April presidential election with 55.5 per cent of the vote against his challenger Prabowo Subianto, is scheduled to take his oath of office in Parliament alongside new Vice-President Ma’ruf Amin, 76, around 3pm Jakarta time (4pm Singapore time).

Standing before lawmakers and regional senators that make up the People’s Consultative Assembly, or MPR, the country’s seventh president will also deliver his first speech to lay out his priorities in his next five-year term.

South-east Asia’s biggest economy has been struggling with global economic slowdown, growing by only around 5 per cent – lower than the 7 per cent promised by Mr Joko when he first took office in 2014.

Other daunting tasks facing his new administration are advancing bureaucratic reforms, fighting corruption, tackling human rights abuses and curbing surging extremism.

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