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Economy

Jakarta struggles to share power, prosperity equally

Posters supporting Joko Widodo's 2014 presidential campaign can still be seen in Solo, where he served as mayor for almost a decade. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia will hold regional elections on Dec. 9, but Mardiana Deren, a land rights campaigner from the Dayak ethnic group, is of two minds as to whether the poll will make any difference.

     Deren has sought to curb the clearing of forests and spread of oil palm plantations on Kalimantan, also known as Borneo, but she despairs of getting political support for her cause.

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