World|life|May 14, 2019 / 05:10 PM
Indonesia's president suggests new capital

AKIPRESS.COM - Not only is the megacity of Jakarta besieged by a confluence of modern ills – including pollution, overpopulation and soul-destroying traffic – it is also one of the fastest-sinking capitals in the world, Guardian reports.

So when Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, this week suggested making somewhere else the capital, it did not come as a shock. Indeed, the idea of relocating the country’s administrative centre is almost as old as the republic itself – it was floated by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, in 1957 and has been brought up again by several presidents since.

If the plan goes ahead, Indonesia would join a long list of countries that have changed capitals, often building cities from scratch for the purpose, from Nigeria and Brazil to Myanmar and Australia. Egypt is currently building a new, as-yet-unnamed capital in the desert to replace Cairo.

Malaysia, Brazil, South Korea and Kazakhstan have all successfully moved their capitals so why not Indonesia too, President asked, before soliciting suggestions from Instagram users as to where the next capital should be.

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