In Indonesia, a power plant impasse and a faltering president

April 8, 2015 9:02 PM

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PONOWARENG, Indonesia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia announced with great fanfare in 2011 that it would build Southeast Asia's biggest coal-fired power plant on the island of Java, but the $4 billion project is yet to be launched and President Joko Widodo is on the horns of a dilemma.

After repeated delays and at least two revisions to land acquisition laws holding up the Japanese-backed project, Widodo told investors in Tokyo last month that construction of the desperately needed plant would finally start within weeks.

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