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Indonesia President Joko Widodo walks after delivering a speech in front of the parliament members ahead of Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia. - Antara Foto/Sigid Kurniawan/ via Reuters

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday formally proposed to parliament a plan to move the country’s capital from Jakarta, on the crowded island of Java, to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

Joko, popularly known as Jokowi, made the proposal during his state of the union speech at parliament, a day before the country celebrates its 74th independence anniversary.

“I hereby request your permission to move our national capital to Kalimantan,” said Jokowi, who will be sworn in for a second term in October after winning April’s election.

“A capital city is not just a symbol of national identity, but also a representation of the progress of the nation. This is for the realisation of economic equality and justice,” he said, without specifying the exact location for the new capital. - Reuters

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