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Indonesian President Returns Home to Widespread Criticism

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has returned home early from an official trip overseas after sparking protests and anger over his handling of a bill that will end direct elections for local and regional officials. After returning from Japan Tuesday, the president held an emergency meeting with his Cabinet and reaffirmed his government's support for direct elections. "The government’s position on the [elections of governors, regency heads and mayors] is...

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