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Facing a crisis, Jokowi looks to backtrack on contentious laws

President weighs overriding unpopular changes to anti-graft agency act

Students clash with police during a protest in Jakarta on Wednesday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is set to come face to face with leaders of the biggest wave of student demonstrations in two decades, as he seeks to avert a full-blown political crisis over unpopular legislation.

The president on Thursday said he will meet with members of the student executive body from the various universities participating in demonstrations nationwide.

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