Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Joko Widodo, the popular Governor of Jakarta wins Indonesian eelctions.
Despite all attmepts from his opponent, (Subianto, the ex General with a 'doubtful past.)Joko Widodo has won the Presidential elections for Indonesia. Now is the time for Indonesia to prove to itslelf and to the world that it has reached that state whereby it can run fair and honest elections and that the people, unlike other nations, accept that result. All too foten we have seen vast unrully crowds on the streets of capitals,trying to turn the results around. OK, in some cases, the reasons were valid, but Indonesia, despite some issues, has gone beyond that stage. It has matured, after having suffered from a terrible period in its past under Suharto. Indonesia is on a roll; its economy is expanding and more people are joining the middle classes and those are the ones who will safe guard the gains made in the last decade. Sure, there are corruption issues; very few nations are clean in that respect; sure there are areas and regions of Indonesia where there are unfufilled aspirations to be 'separate' from Indonesia, but as things improve, perhaps those can be relalized too. President, 'elect,' Widodo--I wish you well in your massive task--- to keep building your democratic nation and that your people share in the wealth and opportunity that your country possesses. You are a shining light to the rest of the region. We need that stability, where so often other forces would rule.Hopefully, we see you in NZ soon. www.authorneilcoleman.com