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Jokowi signs controversial omnibus bill into law

Labor unions, students and Islamic groups have voiced objections

Indonesian President Joko Widodo's government says the omnibus law will create an additional 1 million jobs a year and increase worker productivity, which is below average in Southeast Asia.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has officially enacted a controversial "job creation" law, otherwise known as the omnibus law, by giving it his signature a month after the bill was passed by the parliament.

Widodo signed off on the law late on Monday. In Indonesia, when a new law is passed, it is enacted when the president signs it within 30 days of passage. But even without the president's signature, a law automatically takes effect after 30 days.

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