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Commentary: Indonesia’s democracy alive, but needs more kick

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17 2019   /  12:36 am

Saturday’s symbolic reconciliation between incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, respectively the winner and loser of the 2019 presidential race, has effectively sealed the most fiercely contested election the nation has seen.It is also a testament that Indonesia’s functioning democracy and the presidential and legislative elections reflect, in some measure, the people’s will in who should represent and lead them for the next five years.This says a lot for the world’s fourth most populous nation, especially at a time when democracy is in retreat almost everywhere, including in some established liberal democracies.Indonesia’s democracy is not perfect, far from it, but it is wrong to describe it as stagnating or retreating — the theme of this year’s conference on Indonesia at an Australian university. There has never been any shortage of naysayers...