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I have my own experience in Indonesia, of course. Sometimes in these transition situations, the new governments are still clumsy and awkward in responding to this new environment in which they operate. The only thing in their DNA is the old regime.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati


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An article by the Asia Foundation’s country representative in Indonesia, Sandra Hamid, and featured in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), observed that ‘Indonesia was a successful but flawed democracy: while the electoral process has worked well, the quality of democratic governance is less encouraging. Missing from the equation between elections and democracy, however, is political accountability.’ In the view of Ms Hamid it is the Indonesian political parties’ obsession with coalition building as a route to political power that has made it difficult for voters to attribute success or failure to elected officials. Coalition government allows politicians to send contradictory messages, and in 2012 religious minorities – which are neither banned nor protected – have paid a heavy price for the lack of accountability and leadership.

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republik Indonesia (Republic of Indonesia)
Head of State: President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo (PDI-P) (elected 22 Jul, took office 20 Oct 2014)
Head of government: President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo (PDI-P) (elected 22 Jul, took office 20 Oct 2014)
Ruling party: Minority Coalition led by Partai Demokrasi Indonesia-Perjuangan, (PDI-P) (Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle) (from Nov 2014)
Area: 1,919,443 square km (17,508 islands)
Population: 251.49 million (2014)*
Capital: Jakarta, on Java
Official language: Bahasa Indonesia
Currency: Rupiah (Rp) = 100 sen
Exchange rate: Rp14,280.00 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$3,534 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 5.03% (2014)
GDP: US$888.65 billion (2014)
Unemployment: 6.10% (2014)*
Inflation: 6.39% (2014)
Oil production: 852,000 bpd (2014)*
Natural gas production: 73.40 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$6.98 billion (2014)*
* estimated figure


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