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Indonesia's Chance to Avoid Obama's Mistakes

To avoid the kind of political gridlock that has hamstrung President Obama, incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo will have to move quickly.
Joko Widodo can learn a lot from Barack Obama.

Incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is to be inaugurated Monday, has much in common with his U.S. counterpart: a winning smile, popularity among the young, an outsider reputation -- and an opposition bent on sabotaging his chances of success. To avoid the kind of political gridlock that has hamstrung Barack Obama in the past several years, Widodo will have to move quickly and, where possible, unilaterally.

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