In victory for Widodo, Indonesia parliament backs direct regional vote

January 20, 2015 8:47 AM

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In victory for Widodo, Indonesia parliament backs direct regional vote

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's opposition-dominated parliament on Tuesday approved direct elections for governors and mayors, overturning legislation passed in September and handing a political victory to President Joko Widodo.

A divided parliament in September gave legislative assemblies the power to choose regional leaders, ending nearly a decade of direct elections.

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