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New Bill Could Undermine Indonesia’s Democratic Gains

A controversial bill that would abolish direct elections for local mayors and governors in Indonesia is drawing strong criticism in the world’s third-largest democracy. Critics say laudable democratic gains made over the past decade would be curtailed under the proposed law. Just two months after Indonesia elected former small-town mayor and later Jakarta governor, Joko Widodo, to be their next president, the country’s parliament is considering abolishing direct elections at the local...

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