December 10, 2006


In tsunami's wake, a peaceful Aceh holds first election (Simon Montlake, 12/11/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

The ballot is the first since the signing in August 2005 of a landmark peace accord between the Indonesian government and armed rebels, who agreed to lay down their weapons in return for political autonomy for Aceh. Former rebels are competing in electoral races for the governorship and 19 district mayors and regents.

The presence of such figures on the ballot, and their public campaign to get elected, is a remarkable turnaround for Aceh, where the struggle for power has long been equated with fear, intimidation, and bloodshed. A trouble-free vote, and the acceptance of the outcome, would be an important step forward in the peace process after three decades of conflict and false starts.

Sometimes the End of History is soggy...

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 10, 2006 5:51 PM
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