Last July, Indonesia went through what arguably was the most successful election it has staged since it became to all intents and purposes a true democracy after May 1998 with the fall of the strongman Suharto’s New Order after 31 years in power. Two candidates, Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, squared off using most of the trappings of electoral politics. Jokowi, as he is known, won. Prabowo, after some bristling threats, stood down and went back to the business community.

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