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Indonesia parliament passes government's flagship jobs bill into law

JAKARTA, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Indonesia’s parliament voted on Monday to pass into law President Joko Widodo’s flagship “Job Creation” bill aimed at improving the investment climate in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, as labour groups vowed protests over the legislation.

Seven out of nine parties accepted the bill, while two rejected it in a vote where some lawmakers attended virtually via video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A coalition of 15 activist groups, including trade unions, condemned the bill in a statement on Sunday and called on workers to join a planned national strike on Oct. 6-8.

Reporting by Maikel Jefriando, Tabita Diela Writing by Fransiska Nangoy Editing by Ed Davies