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Indonesia's new capital, Nusantara, sparks controversy

Critics call out 'Java-centric' name, rushed passage of law, corruption concerns

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's choice of name for the new capital comes from the term "nusantara," which was historically introduced by the Majapahit kingdom, a Java-based empire from the 13th to 15th centuries that conquered all of Indonesia. (Source photos by Jun Suzuki and Reuters) 

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's recent passage of a law on a new capital city has triggered criticism on all kinds of issues, from its name to a rushed parliamentary process and concerns over the state budget and corruption.

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