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SBY: Global growth of middle class has democratic imperative

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 13 2010   /  08:51 am

Fairly democratic: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left), accompanied by former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell (right), arrives at Jakarta’s Shangri-La Hotel to open the 6th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy. The two-day forum is being attended by hundreds of democracy activists and representatives from many countries. Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf Every country in the world has to embrace democracy to survive because of demands from the growing number of middle class citizens and inevitable influence of globalization, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says.Opening the sixth symposium of the World Movement for Democracy (WMD), in Jakarta on Monday, Yu-dhoyono said every political system in the world had to take into account the spread of globalization and the growth of the middle class because both were drivers toward democracy. “Regardless of what political model...