Indonesia votes to scrap direct regional elections in what critics say is a blow to democracy

September 26, 2014 3:52 AM

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Indonesia votes to scrap direct regional elections in what critics say is a blow to democracy

Protesters shout slogans against a regional election bill during a rally in front of the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Parliament is holding a plenary session to take decision on the new bill that aimed at returning the authority to organize the country's regional elections to the Regional Legislative Councils. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim) (The Associated Press)

A police officer drags a protester during a rally, opposing a regional election bill in front of the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Parliament is holding a plenary session to take decision on the new bill that aimed at returning the authority to organize the cou...

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