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The morning after

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 19 2009   /  09:19 am

Whether by coincidence or by design, things started to happen as soon as the presidential election was over. In the past week alone, we have had the bloody bomb attacks at two luxury hotels in Jakarta on Friday, a series of fatal shootings near a giant gold and copper mining operation in Papua, and another explosion of a different kind, but no less serious, which is the sudden outbreak of the H1N1 flu in the country. The nation had looked forward to a more peaceful time after the divisive and tense July 8 election. We were just settling down and content with waiting for the General Elections Commission (KPU) taking its time to announce the results. Going by the quick-count results of five different surveying agencies, the incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is already assured a landslide victory. With respect to the KPU, however, everyone concerned has agreed to postpone any...