INDONESIA: Out Goes the Sultan

The three-year-old Republic of Indonesia, which got its independence from the Dutch before it was ready for it, has a constitution (provisional) and an army (provisional). It has never had a general election. An election might make Indonesia more stable—if Indonesia were stable enough to hold an election.

One man who thought something should be done about this state of near-anarchy is handsome Hamengku Buwono, 40, Sultan of Jogjakarta and Indonesia's Defense Minister. A 24-carat Sultan with an impeccable anti-Dutch background and the strongest man in the government, he decided to pull together at least one corner of the...

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