INDONESIA: Down to Work

Since the United States of Indonesia got its independence last December, its leaders have worked harder at reducing their 16 states into a single unit than at the massive job of governing their country. After eight months of friction, sometimes resulting in bloodshed (TiME, April 24), the U.S.I, was transformed on Aug. 17 into a Republic of Indonesia with all power concentrated in Java's capital, Jakarta. Last week Indonesia finally got down to the serious business of making independence work.

First job at hand was appointment of a new government to replace the...

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