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Hårdrocksälskande president goes against the victory in Indonesia

– Welfare, infrastructure and jobs are the issues that matter most to indonesians and has had an obvious role in the election campaign. This differs, however, is not the focus between Joko Widodo and the challenger Prabowo Subianto in any greater extent. Instead, it has very come to be about religion and identity. Radical muslim voices in Indonesia, the world's largest country with a muslim majority, has become increasingly vocal and have to some extent hijacked the electoral process.

" The former army general Prabowo Subianto has flörtat with conservative muslim forces and accused Jokowi, as the president is usually called, to be ”garderobskristen”. Afraid to lose the votes have even Jokowi dressed in a more nationalistic attire, and emphasized religion more. He has fostered closer ties with the military and the appointment of a high religious leader to the vice-presidential candidate.

– Also, Indonesia's relationship with China has been high on the agenda. Prabowo has accused Jokowi of being too weak on China and warned that Indonesia is on track to end up in a position of dependence to the country. Chinese investment in Indonesia has increased significantly during Jokowis time in power. China is now the largest investor in the country.

" the 57-year-old Joko Widodo is the first president of Indonesia who do not come from the political, religious or military elite. He is a former furniture dealer who began his political career as the mayor of the city of Solo on the island of Java and then advance to the mayor in the capital city of Jakarta.

– Jokowi has been known as a people's man who is happy to stop and talk with ordinary indonesians. When he came to power in 2014 was his political message, in particular, combat poverty and corruption, and build out the infrastructure in the country consisting of 18 000 islands.

– The hårdrockskälskande Jokowi (as he is said to have all of Metallica's plates) was seen as a breath of fresh air with secular, liberal values. He now has a renewed confidence welcomed by foreign observers who see Jokowi as a guarantor of stability in Indonesia. During his presidency, he has introduced a more comprehensive health insurance, and brought down poverty somewhat. By contrast, large groups of voters are disappointed that he has not done more to protect human rights.

– in the Future he expects to continue to build out the infrastructure. He has also given promises of less corruption.

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Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast asia and on the rise. In recent years the economy has grown by around five per cent on the year. A relatively good performance, albeit not at the level of the seven percent that Jokowi had previously agreed.

" GDP per capita is twice as high as in India and in terms of purchasing power, then take into account currency and price level, the economy is larger than, for example, the british and brazilian. The country is also the largest muslim in the world.

– A change of regime had been able to bring the country in a more religious direction. With Jokowi, it consists of a secular system where religion and state are kept separate.

the Elections have also attracted great attention for its giant scale. It is the largest ever to be done in a day. In addition to the presidential elections was also held local, regional and national parliamentary elections. The logistics is enormous. Ballot papers have been delivered to the horse, via canoe, on foot and fly to the 193 million eligible voters voters. In total, 245 000 candidates into over 20 000 options. During the elections, was expected to 98 tonnes of ink, the people who voted dip your finger in ink to ensure that no one is voting twice, go to. The final results of the elections are expected to be shoulders first in may.

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