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Plan to dump local elections riles Indonesians

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President-elect Joko Widodo, center left, gestures while his vice president-elect, Jusuf Kalla, looks on before speaking to reporters at their transition headquarters in Jakarta on Sept. 15.   © Reuters

SOLO, Indonesia -- Two months on from the election that made Joko Widodo president-elect, posters and billboards backing the local hero are still a common sight around this provincial Central Java city.

     Jokowi, as the president-elect is widely known, started his political career here in 2005, when he was elected mayor in Indonesia's first direct elections for heads of local governments.

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