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Defending direct elections

  • Pan Mohamad Faiz

Jakarta | Sat, July 9 2011 | 08:00 am

PREMIUM The political reform movement that began in 1998 has significantly transformed the democratic atmosphere in Indonesia through amendments to the 1945 Constitution. One of the fundamental changes relates to the electoral mechanism for regional leaders.

We used to have indirect elections where governors, mayors and regents were chosen by members of local legislative councils. A year after the...