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Indonesia picks East Kalimantan province to build new capital

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesia will build a new capital in the province of East Kalimantan on Borneo island, media cited land planning minister Sofyan Djalil as saying on Thursday.

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Topics: INDONESIA    CAPITAL   

President Joko Widodo last week formally proposed to parliament moving the capital from Jakarta, a crowded, polluted city of 10 million people, to somewhere in Kalimantan.

The Indonesian side of Borneo has five provinces, known for their rainforests, orangutans and coal reserves.

“Yes, East Kalimantan, but we don’t know where specifically,” Djalil was cited as saying by news website Detik.com, when asked it East Kalimantan had been selected as the site of the new capital.

The government has 3,000-hectare (7,413 acres) of land in the province for the first stage of development, Djalil told media.


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