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Is Indonesian Democracy Still Trapped in Old-Style Politics?
The failure of Prabowo Subianto to achieve an unlikely victory over Joko Widodo in April represents another symbolic break with the corrosive politics of the New Order. This election almost certainly will be the last in which Indonesians are offered a candidate for the presidency who underwent political tutelage in the ‘echo chamber’ of Suharto’s authoritarian state.
Prabowo’s ‘People’s Power’ Fails, But His Claims of Fraud Might Still Do Lasting Harm
The violent demonstrations that erupted on Jakarta’s streets last week in the wake of allegations of systematic fraud in April’s presidential elections are unlikely to disturb the confirmation of a second term in office for Joko Widodo. But the attempts by opposition forces to de-legitimise Widodo’s victory could leave a lasting scar on Indonesia’s young democracy.