Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a celebration marking his inauguration Monday but takes power facing challenges to enact an ambitious reform agenda.
Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia’s president Monday, capping a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum.
By Matikas Santos
Despite many criticisms that the recovery and rehabilitation of areas devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name:Haiyan), an international non-government organization said that the pace has actually been faster compared to other major disasters in the world.
Indonesia’s parliament has voted to scrap the direct elections of local officials in what critics say is a blow to the country’s democracy.
Air pollution in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels Monday, blanketing the city-state’s skyline with clouds of smog from fires raging across giant rainforests in the neighboring Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials said.