On 14 March 2014, it was announced that Joko Widodo (above), the highly popular Governor of Jakarta, is to run for the presidency in Indonesia, in July 2014.
Joko will be the candidate of the party linked to Sukarno, the PDI-P party.
In the coming presidential contest, Joko is expected to easily beat Prabowo Subianto, the former general who reportedly helped the CIA to topple former president Suharto in 1998.
Joko was born in a riverside slum in the Central Java city of Solo.
He gained a degree in forestry and then started a furniture manufacturing business that made him a millionaire.
Joko made impromptu visits to slums and markets to hear directly from the people their needs and criticisms.
Under President Suharto, many Indonesians could not afford proper medical care.
Joko is described as being folksy and self-effacing.
"He planned instead to allocate regional funds to develop a local tourism infrastructure."
However, in 2013, Widodo spoke in favour of foreign direct investment (FDI) on a micro-scale between Jakarta and Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries.
"He stressed the need for ASEAN countries to welcome the free market, including opening up their respective education and tourism sectors to foreign participation."
However, Joko's party has historically favoured protectionist policies.
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