Indonesia's parliament approves ending direct regional elections - World

September 26, 2014 1:34 AM

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's parliament on Friday approved legislation ending direct elections for governors and mayors, a move president-elect Joko Widodo criticized as a "big step back" for the world's third largest democracy.

Despite strong public opposition, parliament passed the bill handing the power to choose local leaders to legislative assemblies. Supporters of the legislation, including losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his coalition, say direct elections have proven too costly and corrupt.

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