Bali, Indonesia: Indonesia’s new government faces tough challenges
Bali’s new administration faces tough competition from Jakarta’s incumbent administration as it tries to secure votes from the middle class to boost its bid to regain a share of the $1.5 trillion economy.
The election was marred by allegations of electoral fraud and political violence, which resulted in the resignation of the ruling party.
But a survey released on Monday by the Indonesian Centre for Social Research (KIES) showed a clear majority of voters supported the government.
The poll showed 70% of voters said they voted for the government of President Joko Widodo, while 26% said they supported the incumbent President Jokowi.
The new election results were released by the Jakarta branch of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PAS), which has not officially endorsed the president, but is aligned with the ruling coalition.
“It is a sign that a majority of Indonesians have taken a strong position for the Jokoview administration,” said KES’ director, Anis Agama.
“It is also an indication of the country’s growing economic progress.”
The election comes at a sensitive time for the country, which is trying to deal with a surge in global demand and a global financial crisis.
Indonesia’s economic woes are exacerbated by a lack of infrastructure and a large and volatile population.
Indonesia’s economy is expected to grow at 7% this year, compared to 7.2% for 2016.
But the economy is forecast to shrink 3.4% this decade compared to 3.3% last year.
“I am really worried about the future of our country,” said Nariya Muhreza, a 34-year-old accountant from the capital, Jakarta.
“The economy is slowing down and we are getting poorer.”
In an effort to boost the economy, the new government has set aside $300 million to help poor people pay for food and electricity.
But it faces challenges in recruiting enough public sector workers to fill the jobs.
Some of the biggest challenges in attracting public sector jobs are the country has an ageing population and a shortage of qualified staff.
In addition, the country is grappling with a rising tide of illegal migrant workers who are seeking jobs in the construction sector, agriculture and tourism.
“The country has a lot of problems with the economy and the workforce,” said Muhreya.
“There are a lot more people out there who want to get into the economy.”
The new administration’s promises include increased public spending on education, infrastructure and healthcare.
But its focus on boosting the economy will likely come at the cost of jobs and the environment.
The new government says it is targeting 2% growth in GDP this year.
But analysts are divided on the impact of the election on the country.
“This election is a signal of how the economy has turned around in Indonesia, but it will depend on how the new administration responds to the country,” KES director Anis said.