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Electoral system due for overhaul

Bourchier, D. (1999) Electoral system due for overhaul. In: Aspinall, Edward, Feith, Herb and van Klinken, Gerry, (eds.) The last days of President Suharto. Monash Asia Institute, Clayton, Victoria, pp. 138-140.


After years of hacking, pruning and trimming, Suharto had the formal political system just as he wanted it.

Every five years the government party Golkar would win the general elections with an absolute majority. Every five years Suharto's tenure was dutifully renewed by the People's Consultative Assembly. Not once did the good President have to endure the indignity of debating a rival candidate.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Monash Asia Institute
Copyright: Monash Asia Institute
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