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Jakarta Post

Insight: Artists and politics: Where is Indonesia heading?

  • Bahtiar Effendy

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 16 2008   /  10:18 am

If things go as planned, next year Indonesia will have new members of parliament. The 2009 general elections will change the configuration of the country's lawmaking body, the House of Representatives. Through the polls, old members will retain their positions and new faces will join as rookies in parliament. There is no novelty in this regard. Throughout the history of Indonesia's political development, the House -- as the product of both competitive (1955, 1999, and 2004) and noncompetitive (1971, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, and 1997) political practices -- has been a regular political festivity. With the exception of 1971 and 1977 cases, all elections were held at five-year intervals. In other words, the circulation of the elite in the House is a regular phenomenon. But the makeup of the 2009-2014 House could be slightly different. If the majority of registered voters thin...