INDONESIA POLITICS: Joko Widodo Biography And Profile

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Ir. H. Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was born in Surakarta, Central Java, on 21 June 1961. Read Joko Widodo Biography and Profile.

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INDONESIA POLITICS: Joko Widodo Biography And Profile

Ir. H. Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was born in Surakarta, Central Java, on 21 June 1961. In the direct presidential election in Indonesia on 9 July 2014, Joko Widodo was elected as the 7th President of the Republic of Indonesia, gaining more than 53% of the vote over his opponent, Prabowo Subianto.

After some controversy about the result of the election, Jokowi was named as president-elect on 22 July 2014 and inaugurated as the President of the Republic of Indonesia on 20 October 2014.

President Joko Widodo graduated from the Forestry Faculty of Gadjah Mada University and was a businessman before starting his political career. He was the Mayor of Surakarta from July 2005 to October 2012 and successfully led many progressive breakthroughs which became widely praised nationally. His interaction-oriented approach quickly raised his prominence at the national level.

He was nominated by his party, the Indonesian Democratic Party–Struggle (PDI-P), to run in the 2012 Governor of Jakarta election and was elected governor of Jakarta on 20 September 2012, after a second round run-off election in which he defeated the incumbent governor Fauzi Bowo.

President Joko Widodo is known for his hands-on style and the practice (known as blusukan) of regularly arranging well-publicized visits to local communities, often in quite poor areas to learn about difficulties faced by local communities.

In 2008, President Joko Widodo was listed by Tempo Magazine as one of the Top 10 Indonesian Mayors of 2008. He was awarded the Bintang Jasa Utama (civilian medal awarded to Indonesians who have outstanding contribution to Indonesia) by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2011.

President Joko Widodo also received 3rd place of the 2012 World Mayor Prize for transforming a crime-ridden city into a regional center for art and culture and an attractive city to tourists and was listed as one of the Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 in Foreign Policy.

In February 2013, he was nominated as the global mayor of the month by the The City Mayors Foundation based in London. In 2014, he was listed by Fortune as one of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and was on the cover of Time on October 18, 2014.

Joko Widodo is married to Iriana and has two sons, Gibran Rakabuming Raka and Kaesang Pangarep, and a daughter, Kahiyang Ayu.

– Joko Widodo Biography And Profile (Republic of Indonesia: Embassy)


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