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With Joko Widodo's Re-Election, Indonesia Bucks Global Tilt Toward Strongmen

May 22, 2019 - The New York Times

MANDALIKA, Indonesia -- The woman threw herself on the road in front of the motorcade, forcing the vehicle with the license plate ''Indonesia 1'' to slam on the brakes.

''Jokowi, I love you,'' she cried, as President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, re-elected with the release of Tuesday's vote count, rolled down his window to clasp hands with the sobbing fan on a rural roadside on the island of Lombok.

Commonly known by the nickname Jokowi, Mr. Joko seems an unlikely figure to command s...