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PacNet #31 – Indonesia’s Ambiguous Elections: Implications for the Region

Indonesia’s fourth parliamentary elections since the fall of strongman Suharto in 1998 have taken place without incident. Though the official results are expected only in May the contours of the new political landscape are emerging. The two-step exercise in its latest democratic transition – parliamentary followed by presidential elections – is likely to revolve around the top three parties, the Indonesian Party of Struggle (PDIP), Golkar, and the Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra).