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Indonesian President to Override Controversial Election Law

Following widespread criticism, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday said he will issue a decree to reverse a controversial new law that would end direct regional elections. A coalition of civil society groups in Indonesia have been preparing to fight the controversial new measure in the nation's Constitutional Court. Direct elections in Indonesia have been in place since 2005 and played an integral role in the country’s embrace of democracy. The legislation...

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