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Jakarta Post

Post-elections, it’s hard to find grace and move on

  • Wimar Witoelar
    Wimar Witoelar

    Founder of Intermatrix Communications, which advises the civil society group Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 8, 2019   /  11:32 am
Post-elections, it’s hard to find grace and move on In Indonesia the losers and the winners are involved in a group hug, except for a few hard-liners who have disowned Prabowo. Yet everybody is unhappy. (JP/Budhi Button)

The Americans are struggling with a problematic president, the British have just elected a new prime minister for the problematic Brexit. Indonesia just elected a second-term president and confirmed the decision against a court challenge. There are a few faultfinders who seek to extend their social media spotlight beyond 15 minutes. The losers are unhappy but the winners seem to be the same. They say the path to happiness is defined by democracy. Until now, the debate has centered on finding that path and its cost. We have not had much of a chance to test it, but democratic nations are said to be happy nations. This idea is appealing and suggests that we can quickly fix our problems: Adopt a democratic constitution, and live happily ever after. That has been the firm belief of our nation builders since the dawn of our beloved republic. Loyalty to democracy is still a nonnegotiable ...

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