Will the greatest gifts of reformasi in Indonesia that were born out of the 1998 fall of Suharto -- an independent presidency and a Corruption Eradication Commission, be destroyed in 2015? The prospects don’t look good. On May 22, 1998, I sat on the lawns outside Indonesia’s House of Representatives and listened to students talking about the country’s rosy new future. It was only a day since Suharto’s resignation. Indonesia’s brightest youth were there, and they were all full of optimism.
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