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Jokowi faces critical moment as COVID-19 rocks key policies

Indonesian president asks parliament to delay debate on labor reforms

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo asked parliament on Friday to delay debate on changes to labor laws that were part of a sweeping bill to remove red tape and increase foreign investment in the county.

The move, announced in a YouTube video, came after unions last week threatened to hold mass rallies to block the bill in defiance of a ban on large gathering because of the coronavirus outbreak. After the president's announcement, they called off the planned rally.

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