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    Indonesia's New President Swears in

    October 21, 2014

    Jakarta,  (Prensa Latina) Joko Widodo sworn in on October 20 as new president of Indonesia, with the commitment of implementing reforms towards a prosperous country for the welfare of all the people.



    In the brief remarks established in the ceremony in the largest Muslim populated country in the world, he swore by Allah to fulfill his obligations to the maximum capacity and the best way possible.

     


    Widodo, 53, and far from the traditional political class, won along with the candidate for Vice President Jusuf Kalla, for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) elections last July, after a brilliant career.



    In the preparatory weeks prior to the sworn in ceremony he informed that will create a government in which 70 percent of key positions will be filled by specialists and the remaining will be chosen among the proposals of parties from the winning coalition.



    In two days he will present the executive cabinet of 34 members, who will work with him to fulfill the promise to conduct a program of raising the international position of Indonesia, economic growth and agricultural production, and improve education and public health.


    Widodo faces the challenge of governing with a House of Representatives in which opposition is majority, including an alliance of parties of the defeated presidential candidate, former general Prabowo Subianto.



    The sworn in ceremony was attended by the prime ministers of Malaysia, Najib Razak; Australia, Tony Abbott; Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong; Timor Leste, Xanana Gusmao; Papua New Guinea, Peter Oneil, and the United States chief of diplomacy, John Kerry.  (KH)

     

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