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Jokowi formally proposes moving Indonesia's capital to Borneo

Government says move from Jakarta to Kalimantan may take just five years

Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers a speech in parliament in Jakarta on Friday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo formally proposed to parliament on Friday a plan to relocate Indonesia's capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

"I ask for your permission and support, respected members of the parliament, and the entire people of Indonesia ... to relocate the nation's capital to Kalimantan island," Widodo said in a speech in parliament to commemorate the 74th anniversary of Indonesia's independence, which is on Saturday. "The capital will not just serve as a symbol of national identity, but also representation of the nation's advancement. This is for the sake of even [development] and economic justice."

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