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Jakarta Post

Jokowi picks East Kalimantan to host new capital to relieve Jakarta’s burden

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, N. Adri, and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Balikpapan   /   Tue, August 27, 2019   /  06:17 am
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President Joko "Joko" Widodo (center), accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla (second right) and several ministers, announces that the new capital city will be built in two regencies in East Kalimantan during a press conference at the State Palace on Monday, Aug. 26. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that Indonesia’s new capital city will be located in two regencies in East Kalimantan, with the relocation intended to help ensure the equal spread of development across the country and to take some of the burden off Jakarta, which will remain the country’s economic center. The location was chosen based on thorough studies the government had conducted over the past three years, Jokowi said. "As a result of those studies, the new capital will be built in part of North Penajam Paser regency and part of Kutai Kertanegara regency in East Kalimantan," the President said at a press conference at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday, adding that he had sent a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Bambang Soesatyo informing him of the decision. The new capital will sit on an 180,000 hectar...