As Indonesian President Joko Widodo prepares for his new presidential term, the fallout continues from his decision to back a proposed law to weaken the country’s deeply respected Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Protests are continuing across the country, putting the president under persistent pressure against the passage of the law in the House of Representatives, which could still be nullified. The matter has cast a forbidding shadow over Jokowi’s presidency although until this point he had been regarded as a reformer and modernizer from outside the power structure of one of the world’s most deeply corrupt countries. The president is due to install his new cabinet on October 20, with reform organizations waiting anxiously to see whether the new cabinet will reflect reform or turn Indonesia back to the corruption of the past.
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