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Indonesian president-elect unveils high-powered transition team

Published on Aug 4, 2014 6:59 PM
 
Presidential candidate Joko Widodo smiles during a news conference in Bandung July 3, 2014. Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo on Monday, Aug 4, 2014, announced a high-powered advisory team to handle his transition to power as he prepares to take over the top job in the world's third-largest democracy later this year. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo on Monday announced a high-powered advisory team to handle his transition to power as he prepares to take over the top job in the world's third-largest democracy later this year.

The five-member "transition office" will lead a team of several advisers who will be responsible for drawing up a policy roadmap to fulfil major campaign promises and address pressing issues facing Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

"This transition office is needed to prepare the implementation of our vision and programmes," Mr Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla said in a statement, adding the team would prioritise universal access to healthcare and education.

Mr Widodo, commonly known by his nickname Jokowi, beat rival Prabowo Subianto in last month's presidential election, the closest in the history of the world's most populous Muslim nation.

 
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