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Indonesian GDP growth falls short in 1Q, pressuring President Widodo

Government's fiscal and monetary hands are tied ahead of key vote next year

A shopper negotiates over the price of a handbag at a market in Jakarta. Consumer spending has been flat, weighing on growth in the Southeast Asian country.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's economic growth fell short of forecasts in the first quarter of 2018, adding to the government's worries ahead of election season.

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