19 PEOPLE TO WATCH IN 2019 - Singapore/Foreign

Face to watch in 2019: Joko Widodo, Indonesian President

Mr Joko Widodo will be seeking a referendum on his presidency at the April 17 election next year.
Mr Joko Widodo will be seeking a referendum on his presidency at the April 17 election next year.

Furniture businessman-turned-politician Joko Widodo enjoyed a breakout year in 2014, when he rode a wave of popularity and bested a blue-blood candidate to be elected Indonesia's seventh president.

His promise of reforms in a country long ruled by oligarchs appealed to not only the man in the street but also a rising middle class in South-east Asia's largest economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Joko Widodo, Indonesian President'. Print Edition | Subscribe