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Making history – The Edge Review

Mari Pangestu, pictured alongside her tourism minister counterparts from Burma and the Philippines at the June 2013 World Economic Forum in Naypyidaw (Photo: Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA – President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will become the first Indonesian leader without connections to the Suharto era when he takes office in less than 2 months time. Joko’s ascent comes 16 years after Suharto’s three decade old dictatorship fell amid economic ruin and violent protest. Joko’s rise in turn paves the way for another history-making handover, as he will vacate the Governorship of Jakarta to his deputy – Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.

‘Mama Aleta’ defends west Timor’s natural habitat – The Christian Science Monitor

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BALI, INDONESIA — Pointing to the blue, purple, and yellow scarf wrapped ornately around her forehead and temples, Aleta Baun says that her vivid garb will be a regular sight inside the East Nusa Tenggara regional parliament in eastern Indonesia. The first-time lawmaker won a seat in elections last April.