Report – By Saw Yan Naing
For Indonesia’s President-elect front-runner, a campaign to alleviate poverty in the Indonesian capital has been largely personal, stemming in part from his own experiences as a child.
Joko Widodo, better known by his nickname Jokowi, is the governor of Jakarta and has narrowly won the Indonesian presidency, but he traces his roots back to the small Central Java city of Solo, where he grew up as the son of a furniture maker and lived with his family in a rented shack.
He later earned an engineering degree and entered the family furniture business, before shifting to politics and making a name for himself as mayor of Solo from 2005 to 2012. Read more »