Indonesia names new capital, approving shift from Jakarta

Indonesia’s legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that creates the legal framework for moving the country’s capital from Jakarta — a sinking, congested, polluted and flood-prone megacity with more than 10 million residents — to the jungles of Kalimantan, on Indonesia’s portion of the island of Borneo, about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) away.

Tuesday’s bill, known as the state capital law, outlines a governing body called the State Capital Authority and specifies how the $32 billion (€28.2 billion) dedicated to its construction should be spent.

–Ada Derana

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