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Indonesia gets star-studded cast of new lawmakers, and first female Parliament speaker

  • Puan Maharani, the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of founding president Sukarno, was unanimously elected as speaker, amid protests outside Parliament
  • Other lawmakers include pop diva Krisdayanti, former soap opera star Rieke Diah Pitaloka and pop singer Mulan Jameela, as political parties use celebrities to get more votes
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Indonesian students set items on fire as police shoot tear gas in Jakarta on Monday. Photo: AFP

Two Indonesians confess to petrol bomb plot to ‘burn Chinese shops’ and incite looting spree

  • Men give statements on camera saying they were paid to provoke raids on Chinese stores as Indonesia reels from its worst unrest since 1998
  • Police fired tear gas near Jakarta’s parliament building on Monday to break up crowd throwing rocks and fireworks
Topic |   Indonesia

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Indonesian students set items on fire as police shoot tear gas in Jakarta on Monday. Photo: AFP
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