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Jokowi sidelines democracy? – Opinion – Jakarta Post

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Earlier this month, the well-known Journal of Democracy published an article titled “Indonesia: Jokowi Sidelines Democracy”. Just reading from the title alone one can conclude the verdict put out by the authors: Jokowi has intentionally caused the decline of Indonesia’s democracy.
According to the article, during his seven-year tenure as president, Jokowi has prioritized economic development at the cost of democracy. He is “deliberately reducing civil-liberty safeguards and democratic checks and balances” and “reducing electoral safeguards”.
While providing much proof, it is neither appealing nor convincing. While not all the arguments are wrong, the majority of them are borderline weak and lame. Instead the authors’ overall analysis is not as conclusive as the verdict of the title.
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