Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Military factions and the Presidential Election in Indonesia

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Indonesian politics is often about struggles between different factions of the military.

For example: Wiranto versus Yudhoyono.

Allegedly, factions have more to do with crime and business than religion or nationalism.

When bombs go off, one might ask which faction stands to gain.

Generals from more than one faction have been linked to 'Moslem' militias.

Almost all the top military officers have been trained in the USA.

Former president Suharto claims he was toppled by the CIA. Some of his allies may have become less friendly with the Pentagon.

The 2004 Presidential Election in Indonesia

In the 2004 Presidential election, military generals played an important part.

For example:

TheDemocratic Party presidential candidate was former GENERAL Yudhoyono.
The Golkar candidate was former GENERAL Wiranto.
The PPP vice-presidential candidate was former GENERAL Gumelar.
One of the important figures who has backed Megawati of the PDI-P is former GENERAL Hendropriyono.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

Susilo Bambang YUDHOYONO* and Dr. Muhammad Jusuf KALA
Democratic Party
39,838,184 votes
33.57%

MEGAWATI Sukarnoputri* and KH. A. Hasyim MUZADI
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)
31,569,104
26.61%

H. WIRANTO SH and Ir. H. Solahuddin WAHID
Federation of Functional Groups (Golkar)
26,286,788
22.15%

Amien RAIS and Ir. H. Siswono Yudo HUSODO
National Mandate Party (PAN)
17,392,931
14,66%

Hamzah HAZ and H. Agum GUMELAR
United Development Party (PPP)
3,569,861
3.01%

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SECOND ROUND RESULTS

Susilo Bambang YUDHOYONO* and Dr. Muhammad Jusuf KALA
Democratic Party
69,266,350
60.62%

MEGAWATI Sukarnoputri* and KH. A. Hasyim MUZADI
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)
44,990,704
39.38

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http://www.electionguide.org/resultsum/indonesia_pres04.htm

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