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Indonesia's slow train to Bandung

Bureaucratic buffers have halted Indonesia's prestige rail link connecting Jakarta and Bandung for the two months since President Joko Widodo presided over the groundbreaking ceremony.

JAKARTA -- Construction of a high-speed rail link connecting the capital Jakarta to Bandung, Indonesia's third-largest city, has finally received transport ministry approval after being stalled for two months. But the project still faces major land acquisition hurdles and unfriendly fire from the air force.

     The delayed prestige rail project has personally embarrassed President Joko Widodo, who presided at the groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 22. Widodo has made a strong personal commitment to national infrastructure development since taking office in 2014.

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