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Indonesia to host Bali Democracy Forum as virus looms

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Wed, December 9, 2020   /  06:52 pm
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Domestic tourists spend time at Tegallalang in Gianyar, Bali, on Oct. 28. Visitors are slowly returning to Bali after it reopened in August.(Antara/Fikri Yusuf)

As COVID-19 cases in Indonesia continue to rise, the government will host the 13th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in a hybrid format on Thursday, with a handful foreign ambassadors attending in person while the rest of the delegates participate online. United Nations secretary general António Guterres and World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus are expected to give prerecorded statements on democracy and its connections to pandemic response, the forum’s organizers have said. The annual meeting, the biggest of its kind in the region, allows governments to candidly share how democracy is practiced in their respective countries. It was initiated by former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2018 as Indonesia entered its first decade of democracy, after a civil uprising in 1998 that overthrew the dictatorship of then-president Soeharto. Si...