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Prosperity and perception: Expert forum reviews Indonesia's democracy

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, July 23, 2020   /  04:09 pm
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University students protest the revised Criminal Code (KUHP) on Sept. 23, 2019 at the gates of the Senayan legislative compound in Jakarta.(JP/Donny Fernando)

The current model of democracy in Indonesia, which has been in place for the past 20 years as the successor to the New Order's authoritarian model of government, will continue to face challenges in the coming years, especially with nondemocratic governments gaining more traction in recent years, political analysts say. Executive director Philips J. Vermonte of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia said that if the ongoing fragmentation and elite infighting continued to hamper the government from delivering public welfare, both politicians with an antidemocratic bent and a public impatient over minimal democratic gains could look to countries that had taken a alternative route to prosperity. “There are significant challenges to the democratic movement in Indonesia at present beca...