Setback for Widodo as Indonesia's parliament scraps direct polls

  • The Indonesian parliament has voted to end direct elections for local officials and go back to the Suharto-era electoral system, according to media reports.

    The vote is being seen as a setback for Joko Widodo, who won the presidential polls in July. Several rightwing parties in the outgoing parliament backed the bill. Their candidate, the former general Prabowo Subianto, had lost to Widodo in the presidential elections by a narrow margin.

    The new government is expected to face a hostile opposition after it assumes power on October 20.

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