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Indonesia's new omnibus law can make or break Jokowi's legacy

University students and members of Indonesian trade unions protest against the government's labor reforms in Banyumas, Indonesia, on Oct 7, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS
Demonstrators clash with police officers following a protest against the government's labor reforms in Banyumas, Indonesia, on Oct 7, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Joko Widodo's omnibus law was passed in Parliament on Oct 5, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

When Mr Joko Widodo was re-elected as Indonesia's president last year, his dream was to transform the country into one that would have an annual per capita income of 320 million rupiah (US$29,000) and a gross domestic product of US$7 trillion by 2045.

Pledging additional economic reforms during his Oct 20 inauguration speech, he spoke of an Indonesia that would escape the middle-income trap and become one of the top five world economies with a poverty rate close to zero.

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