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Indonesia to move capital city out of crowded Java Island

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesia's president has decided to move the capital of the world's fourth most populous country away from the crowded main island of Java, but has yet to finalize a new location, the planning minister said.

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President Joko Widodo's decision comes less than two weeks after private pollsters said he had got an April 17 presidential election, although official results are not due until May 22.

His challenger, Prabowo Subianto, has also claimed victory. "The president chose to relocate the capital city to outside of Java, an important decision," Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro told a news conference after a cabinet meeting.

Brodjonegoro said the administration had yet to pick a new location, but was looking at the eastern side of the sprawling archipelago.

At the opening of his cabinet meeting, Widodo stressed the need for new thinking about the future.

"We want to think in a visionary way for the progress of this country and moving the capital requires thorough and detailed preparation," he said.

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