Abstract

Abstract:

Indonesia, the world’s largest majority-Muslim society, successfully held three major elections in 2004—legislative elections in April and two rounds of presidential voting in July and September. The two rounds were part of Indonesia’s first direct popular balloting for president and vice-president; power peacefully transferred from President Megawati Sukarnoputri of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) to former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) of the Democrat Party (PD). Although the smooth elections secured an important measure of legitimacy on the government, its leaders must now cope with many challenges, including lack of accountability, economic problems, corruption, separatist rebellions, and the tsunami’s aftermath.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 73-87
Launched on MUSE
2005-04-19
Open Access
No
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