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Jakarta Post

For Indonesia’s democracy, time is running out

  • Rizal Ramli

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 10 2012   /  10:52 am

When Indonesia’s students took to the streets in 1998 and won their battle for the overthrow of Soeharto, there was jubilation on campuses across the country.

Not long before then, most Indonesians had difficulty imagining a time when the patriarch of the New Order would not dominate their lives.

More than a decade later, we have learned that although the so-called Smiling General is no longer with us and memories of his egregious rule have started to fade in memory, the vestiges of his regime still haunt us.

Far worse, the outlook for Indonesia becoming a well-functioning democracy is fast deteriorating.

The incumbent President, who will have served 10 years by the time the 2014 election is upon us, has done little to serve the cause of improving Indonesia’s hard-earned democracy.

And, if we cast our eyes upon the current playing field of presi...