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Devolution hampers Jakarta's bid to end haze

BURNING ISSUE: An Indonesian soldier helping to fight a peatland fire in south Sumatra. President Jokowi had promised to put out the forest fires in Riau by early October,


HAVING promised to extinguish forest fires in Riau in western Indonesia by early October, President Joko Widodo jetted into Sumatra last week for a progress check. The smoke was so thick his plane could not land, forcing him back to Jakarta.

Exacerbated by dry conditions