Indonesians lose right to directly elect governors, mayors

September 26, 2014 5:42 AM

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Indonesians lose right to directly elect governors, mayors

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- Indonesia's parliament voted on Friday to do away with direct local elections in a move that critics say is a huge step backward for the country's fledgling democracy.

Proponents of the law change, to scrap direct elections for mayors and governors, had argued local elections had proven too costly, and were prone to conflict and corruption. The bill was backed by the coalition behind losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

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