Three Countries Looking for Fresh Leadership


Nothing but bad news — and much worse to come — for the world's fourth most-populous country. The ineffectual presidency of Megawati Sukarnoputri will wreak ever greater damage as the good will that marked her assumption of office evaporates. Expect the accelerating collapse of the country's finances and civil administration, soaring lawlessness and vigilantism in cities, and chaos and bloodshed in the remoter provinces. Ethnic hatreds and independence movements will push the military into bloody reprisals. Indonesia looks headed for implosion, though in agonizing slow motion.


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