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Indonesia leader flies economy class






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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has economised by flying economy class. Many people are doing the same because of government cuts and taxes. Mr Widodo set an example to other world leaders that presidents can cut back. He and his wife flew economy class to Singapore for his son's graduation. They chose not to use the presidential airplane and bought their own air tickets. Taxpayers paid the bill for the bodyguards to fly.

The Widodos are known for their down-to-earth lifestyle. His wife doesn't wear designer dresses and shops in a clothes market. There was mixed reaction on social media to the couple flying economy. Some thought it was a publicity stunt. One man complained that the Widodos stayed in an expensive hotel. A woman praised Widodo for setting a good example. She tweeted: "Hopefully other officials can follow in his footsteps."

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