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Nusantara won't replace Jakarta as Indonesia's 'center': governor

With nation set to move capital, Baswedan silent on run for reelection or presidency

Jakarta Gov. Anies Baswedan is seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2024. (Source photos by AFP/Jiji, Reuters and EPA/Jiji) 

JAKARTA -- Although Indonesia is preparing to relocate its capital, Jakarta will remain pivotal into the future, says its governor, Anies Baswedan.

"Jakarta will remain as the center of Indonesians' activity. ... I cannot foresee a shift in terms of changing the center of gravity of Indonesia," said Baswedan in a recent interview with Nikkei Asia on the role of Jakarta amid ongoing preparations to relocate the capital to Nusantara on Borneo.

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