Kalla All Praise to Jokowi as President Tops Bloomberg Poll

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo inspects construction work on a toll road in Cilandak, Jakarta, in June 2016. (Antara Photo/HO)

By : Eko Prasetyo & Novi Setuningsih | on 7:48 PM January 03, 2017
Category : News, Politics, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Indonesians should be proud that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had topped a recent Bloomberg poll evaluating the performance of eight Asian-Australian leaders.

State news agency Antara reported that Jokowi was the best performing Asian-Australian leader in 2016 according to the Bloomberg poll.

"It's a great achievement. The president deserves all the praise, but we also give credit to everyone who has worked hard [to achieve this]," Kalla said on Tuesday (03/01).

Kalla highlighted that Jokowi managed to keep two important elements under control — the rupiah and Indonesia's monetary policies — to maintain an economic growth of five percent in 2016.

In the Bloomberg poll, Jokowi was the only leader to record a positive performance in all aspects reviewed, including increasing the value of the rupiah by 2.41 percent, maintaining a steady economic growth of 5.02 percent year-on-year and scoring an excellent 69 percent approval rating.

Jokowi has also stamped his authority on the country's political scene, with data showing he now controls two-thirds of the parliament.

The president’s successful tax amnesty program has also helped pay for his extensive infrastructure projects.

Aside from Jokowi, the other seven Asian-Australian leaders that Bloomberg evaluated were: Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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