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Jokowi to Give Poor Indonesians More Money in Election Year

Joko Widodo
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo will double cash handouts to the poor next year ahead of general elections in April.

The conditional aid, known as PKH and aimed at 10 million families, will cost at least 38 trillion rupiah ($2.6 billion) in 2019 from about 19 trillion rupiah this year, Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday. The funds will be given in four phases with the first two in January and April, a month earlier compared to this year’s timeline.