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Jakarta Appeals for Calm After Weekend Bali Clashes

Indonesia’s government on Monday appealed for calm after weekend clashes on Bali island between supporters of the country’s two largest political parties left two people dead. Next year, Indonesians will vote in the country’s first direct presidential elections. Peaceful polls are considered essential to attract foreign investment, which has been falling since 2000 amid terrorist bombings and separatist and religious violence. On Sunday, supporters of President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s ruling party attacked members of the opposition Golkar party, killing two of them and injuring at least three others. Indonesia’s top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters: ‘I beg that the events in Bali should not happen in other regions. Full Story

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