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Is our democracy in danger?

  • Patrick Grene and Muhammad Ikhsan Alia

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PREMIUM
Padang   /   Tue, May 21, 2019   /  10:18 am
Is our democracy in danger? Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (C) and vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno (R) gesture as they declare victory in the country's general election, during a press conference in Jakarta on April 18, 2019. (AFP/Izaak)

On Tuesday evening, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto yet again claimed victory in the 2019 election, while blasting the government for purported corruption. In his closing speech at the National Symposium of 2019 Election Fraud, Prabowo described government treatment of the “people power” movement as a disaster for Indonesian democracy, and derided as groundless the allegations of treason that the government has levied against National Mandate Party (PAN) campaigner Eggi Sudjana. Prabowo asserted that he will continue to mobilize people power against the “deception” infecting the democratization process. In the context of the legal assistance team proposed by Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto, some 450,000 military and police personnel assigned to guard election facilities, the tension is palpable. The current controv...

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