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The perils of popularity – Liam Gammon

22 Oct – During his successful "Governor of Jakarta" election campaign in 2012, Joko Widodo (or Jokowi) liked to tell a story. He would recall how, shortly after being elected mayor of the small Java city of Solo in 2005, top public servants mistook him for a city hall aide. He delighted in recounting the surprise on the bureaucrats’ faces when informed that the lanky, self-effacing former furniture merchant…

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