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Indonesia names new capital 'Nusantara' as parliament approves shift

Relocation from Jakarta to Borneo designated a '10-year national priority'

Indonesia's new capital city is set to be built in East Kalimantan Province on the island of Borneo. (Photo by Jun Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's new capital city is set to be called 'Nusantara,' with the country's House of Representatives on Tuesday passing a law to shift the government from Jakarta to a site on the island of Borneo.

According to the latest draft, seen by Nikkei Asia, the law stipulates the name Nusantara, an Indonesian word commonly used to refer to the entire archipelago nation. National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa said President Joko Widodo proposed the name.

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