Jakarta to no longer be capital of Indonesia, Planning Minister confirms
Indonesia has long-held aspirations to move its capital from the traffic-plagued metropolis. (Supplied: Flickr, Dino Adyansyah)
President Joko Widodo of Indonesia has decided to move the capital of South-East Asia’s largest economy away from Jakarta on the crowded main island of Java, the Planning Minister has said.
“The President chose to relocate the capital city to outside of Java, an important decision,” Bambang Brodjonegoro told a news conference after a Cabinet meeting, adding that the administration had yet to pick a new location.
He said moving the capital from Jakarta, on the north coast of Java, could take up to 10 years, citing examples such as Brazil, Malaysia and Kazakhstan.
More to come.