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Democracy in progress

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, January 15 2020   /  01:32 am

An agreement reached between the government and the House of Representatives to produce omnibus laws that will serve as umbrella legislation for laws and regulations concerning politics and elections should be a step in the right direction toward democracy consolidation.Over the last few years, voters went to the polls at least once a year to elect mayors or regents, governors, members of regional and national legislatures and president and vice president. Despite the use of sectarian fervors to reap votes, in general, the elections ran peacefully. In most cases, reconciliation between contenders marked a happy end to political rivalry, if not adversary. But there is always a gap between the elections and their results. An election as a democratic mechanism to choose a leader, for example, does not necessarily generate a government that tries its best to realize prosperity for all. For t...