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Indonesian Groups File for Judicial Review of New Elections Law

A coalition of civil society groups in Indonesia is preparing to fight a controversial new law that abolishes direct elections for local leaders. The groups aim to challenge the new legislation in the nation's Constitutional Court. Direct elections in Indonesia have been in place since 2005 and have played an integral role in the country’s embrace of democracy. But in a controversial move, the Indonesian parliament voted late last week to abolish the direct election of local...

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