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Govt told to merge under-performing regions

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 20 2012   /  10:49 am

Excess: Flames engulf government cars in front of the regency administration office in Mojokerto, East Java in this May 21, 2010 photo, following the disqualification of a candidate for regent. Aimed at improving public services, regional autonomy is an ongoing experiment more than a decade old, with critics decrying negative effects, such as the rush for new positions, as parliament continues to pass laws on new regions. Antara/Syaiful ArifRegional autonomy experts are calling on the central government to focus on merging the country’s worst-performing provinces, regencies and municipalities, given their failure to bring significant progress to their people and strengthen democracy.

Several critics have also urged the government to maintain the moratorium against the creation of new regions, despite proposals for new jurisdictions continually being pushed by lawmakers.

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