Indonesia Finally Moves on Fuel Subsidies

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — For years the Indonesian authorities have had to weigh the economic realities of providing fuel subsidies against the needs of its people, who have shown a readiness to protest – at times viciously – when prices become too high.

However, after months of haggling, petrol and diesel prices are set to rise by an average of 33 percent amid a revised budget. The government hopes cash handouts for the poor will limit protests over an inevitable surge in the inflation rate.

Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat.

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