Indonesia's popular president to be sworn in for final term

Indonesia's popular president to be sworn in for final term

Palace staff wave Indonesian flags as the motorcade carrying President Joko Widodo leaves Merdeka Palace for the parliament building for his inauguration ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday. (AP photo)
Palace staff wave Indonesian flags as the motorcade carrying President Joko Widodo leaves Merdeka Palace for the parliament building for his inauguration ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday. (AP photo)

JAKARTA: Indonesia's popular president who rose from poverty and pledged to champion democracy, fight entrenched corruption and modernize the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation was to be sworn in for his final five-year term with a pledge to take bolder actions.

Army troops and police, along with armoured vehicles and fire engines, were deployed Sunday across the capital, Jakarta. Major roads were closed in a departure from the more relaxed atmosphere of President Joko Widodo's 2014 inauguration.

An Oct 10 knife attack by an Islamic militant couple that wounded the security minister set off a security alarm and a new crackdown.

Western and Asian leaders and special envoys flew in for the event, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, China's Vice President Wang Qishan and US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.


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