Indonesia reduces number of parties

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Link: Straits Times, 8 Jan 2013

Partyforumseasia: Many young democracies try to control the number of political parties without making the formation of new ones too prohibitive. Indonesia has been quite successful so far by changes to the electoral law (see Benjamin Reilly’s research on political engineering in our bibliography). The move of the General Elections Commission (KPU) is the next step, which, of course, is being criticized by the small parties which lose their chance to get at least a few seats, and maybe some business opportunities… It remains to be seen whether they find a creative way out.

 

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