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Indonesia's Jokowi Needs World's Backing

Author: Karen Brooks, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia
July 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times

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Democracy prevailed in Indonesia this week. Now leaders there and around the world must quickly get behind the country's president-elect.

After a tense two-week ballot recount in Indonesia's closest ever race for the top job, election officials declared the popular governor of Jakarta, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the winner in the July 9 presidential election.

The world's most populous Muslim country and 10th-largest economy, Indonesia is also the third-largest democracy, behind India and the United States. Through successive cycles of elections since the fall of longtime strongman Suharto in 1998, the diverse and complex country has been hailed as a model of an open, moderate, tolerant, multiethnic and multi-religious society.

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