In the streets, rising frustration. In the banks, a tumbling currency. In the palace, a beleaguered president – increasingly removed from reality but resisting removal from office. In the cafes, rising talk of a showdown between rivals. It sounds like mid-May 1998, the eve of the downfall of Indonesia’s second president, Suharto. But it’s now, mid-May 2001, as another confrontation looms between the opponents and the supporters of the country’s fourth president, Abdurrahman Wahid.
PacNet #20 – Deja Vu in Indonesia
May 18, 2001