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Scrap over Indonesia labor reforms tests Jokowi's resolve

Unions protest plan to make it easier to hire and fire workers

Workers protest President Joko Widodo's proposed changes to Indonesia's labor laws outside the parliament in Jakarta on Jan. 20.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is facing a test of his political mettle as opposition grows to his signature legal reforms aimed at creating jobs and increasing investment in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

More than 1,000 people rallied peacefully outside parliament in Jakarta on Monday, the latest in a series of gatherings in recent weeks to protest Widodo's effort to push through an "omnibus" bill on the labor market that packages a number of legal revisions into a single vote.

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