Politically, [Widodo] doesn't have control of parliament and is not even the true leader of his own PDIP party; and the headwinds Indonesia is facing due to the global economic environment have added to his problems, particularly because of the decline in commodity prices in key Indonesian exports such as thermal coal and liquified natural gas.

Rajiv Biswas, chief economist for Asia Pacific at IHS

One year after being sworn in to office, the approval rating for Indonesia's President, Joko Widodo, has drastically fallen as disillusionment over his handling of the economy continues to grow.

Expected to signal a new chapter for Indonesia's nascent democracy, the former furniture salesman has been blamed for several political mistakes since taking office last October, including a string of diplomatic disputes and the worst economic slowdown in six years.

Having predicted the economy to grow annually by 7 percent, GDP growth in the first quarter of 2015 was at 4.7 percent - the worst level since 2009.

Poverty rates have also risen, climbing to 11.25 percent, with more than 28 million people now living below the poverty line.

And with the currency down 12 percent since last year - Widodo's efforts to stimulate the economy with an infrastructure kickstart have not been well received by economists.

So after one year in office, can the Indonesian president turn around his and his country's fortunes?

Rajiv Biswas, the chief economist for Asia Pacific at IHS, joins Counting the Cost to discuss President Widodo's first year in power and plans to fix the country's outmoded airports, dams, ports and roads.

Source: Al Jazeera