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JAKARTA – Indonesian lawmakers are pushing for a ban on all alcoholic beverages throughout the archipelago that would see drinkers punished with up to two years in jail. 

The Islamic-based United Development Party, a member of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's governing coalition, has drafted and submitted its Bill for a Ban on Alcoholic Drinks to parliament, which has included it on the republic’s national legislation programme for 2013.

"It is the mandate of our constitution, it's about character building," United Development Party MP Ahmad Kurdi Moekri, told Australia’s Fairfax Media.

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