- Last Updated on 07 May 2013
Underlying Indonesia’s vibrant economy is political stability. A decade ago, many analysts envisaged that certain break-away provinces would bring about Indonesia’s “balkanization”. In 2001, Indonesia embarked on an ambitious and challenging decentralization effort. While it has been challenging journey, today Indonesia is one of the most decentralized countries in the world with substantial funds and authorities devolved to the regions.
Significantly, Indonesia is the only country in Southeast Asia that has bucked the trend of a democracy in trouble. Democracy is blossoming in a country that was once ruled with an iron hand for 30 years. Indonesia has gracefully transformed from an authoritarian state to a regional role model.
Recently, and for a third time in a row, Indonesia completed another round of peaceful and successful legislative and presidential elections. The election confirmed the people’s confidence in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s leadership, who won more than 60% votes from 176 million registered voters. President Yudhoyono’s party, Partai Demokrat, controls over 25% of plenary votes, providing him with a stronger mandate to lead Indonesia in the next five years. (Source: bkpm.go.id)