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Indonesia democratic choices


Malcolm Cook

13 May 2009 12:37

Last weekend, Indonesia’s electoral commission released the official final results of the 9 April parliamentary elections. Since the last parliamentary elections in 2004, Indonesia’s electorate has grown by more than the total Australian population. Alas, the parliamentary election, the quite accurate exit polls and the release of the final results received little attention in the Australian media.

Luckily, Marcus Mietzner from the Australian National University has written a clear and thorough analysis of these elections and what they tell us about Indonesia’s democratic consolidation. Overall, the election results back up the recent Australian Defence White Paper’s positive judgement on Indonesia’s future. Paragraph 4.32 notes that:

Indonesia has made remarkable gains in the past decade. It has managed a successful transition to multiparty democracy, embarked on the long journey of economic reform, and proven to be a strong partner in the fight against terrorism. It is likely that these positive trends will continue, and that Indonesia will continue to evolve as a stable democratic state with improved social cohesion.