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The return of election fever

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 24 2009   /  10:03 am

As the rest of the world is bracing for the swine flu pandemic, Indonesia is starting to feel a kind of fever not from the pig virus but from the rising heat in the run up to the July 8 presidential election. This week saw the election campaign kicking off all over again for the next seven weeks following the confirmation of three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates. Unlike the run-up to the April parliamentary elections, when we had 44 political parties and close to one million candidates contesting seats in the national and regional legislatures, this time around the choices are smaller and simpler. But expect this to be tenser. We are, after all, talking about the number one and two top jobs of the country.    Officially, the campaign permitted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) has not begun, but all six candidates are already stumping t...