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New leader will be positive for Indonesian energy

Joko Widodo's improbable ascent from slum child to leader of Southeast Asia's leading oil and gas producer will be positive, at least in the short-term, for Indonesia's energy sector

The governor of Jakarta, whose common touch has made him an unlikely political phenomenon, is seen as a more progressive and pragmatic choice for president than his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, a retired army general and former son-in-law of Suharto, the authoritarian president who ruled Indonesia for 32 years.   Energy research firm Wood Mackenzie says that Widodo's victory will be positive, at least in the short-term, for foreign companies looking to invest in the archipelago's energy sector. But the new government's ability to implement reforms remains uncertain.  Indonesia appears now to have the reform-minded leadership needed to help its economy take off. Corruption, a shaky legal sys

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