Indonesian president Jokowi likely to weather protests over fuel price hike, say analysts

Indonesian president Jokowi likely to weather protests over fuel price hike, say analysts

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Thousands of people joined protests across Indonesia this week against a fuel price increase but even as anger mounts on the streets of Southeast Asia’s largest economy, analysts say President Joko Widodo is well placed to weather the storm.

Under pressure to address a ballooning energy subsidy budget the president, popularly known as “Jokowi”, announced on Saturday that fuel prices would be increased by about 30%, the first such increase since 2014.

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