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Indonesia: The fruits of democracy

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

29 October 2010 10:40

It was mildly startling this morning to hear the Indonesian Foreign Minister talk in these terms about Burma:

MARTY NATALEGAWA: We are to have the election soon in Myanmar. There is a perception of credibility deficit there. But it's not too late we think to ensure that the election does satisfy a certain minimum degree of acceptability.

But we are not putting all our eggs in one basket. I think it must be election plus. The plus means a national dialogue, national reconciliation progress so that hopefully the election becomes part of that piece in the puzzle to ensure that Myanmar moves forward as a democratic nation.

It requires a good deal of self-confidence in one's own democratic institutions to talk this way about Burma's shortcomings.