INDONESIA: Five More Years

Little was left to chance. The much feared security command, KOPKAMTIB, ordered Indonesia's 125 million citizens to refrain from violence or even controversy. As a special precaution against the spreading of untoward ideas, Mission Impossible and The Untouchables were temporarily banned from the nation's air waves. Then the 920 delegates to the People's Consultative Assembly, a military-dominated body whose deliberations take the place of national elections, gathered in Jakarta's high-domed amphitheater to select Indonesia's President for the next five years.

Some elected (in a controlled fashion) and some appointed (in an even more controlled fashion), the delegates were essentially of...

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