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Indonesians split on Jokowi's plan to move capital to Borneo

Jakartans and bureaucrats against move, with people on Kalimantan in favor

A regular traffic jam in Jakarta's business district.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesians are split over President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's plan to move Indonesia's seat of government to East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, with those living in the current capital of Jakarta strongly opposed to the relocation.

Some 39.8% of respondents to a nationwide survey conducted by KedaiKopi disapproved of the plan, while 35.6% supported the move. The poll was conducted Aug. 14-21, overlapping with Widodo proposing the relocation to Borneo to parliament on Aug. 16, but before the announcement of exact location on Aug. 26.

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