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Bloodied but unbowed

Tomsa, D 2005 , 'Bloodied but unbowed' , Inside Indonesia, no. 83 , pp. 17-18 .

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Back in 1998, when Suharto’s New Order regime crumbled in the face of economic turmoil
and massive student protests, Golkar seemed destined for the dustbin of history. The party
had been the regime’s electoral vehicle, and many of those who participated in the
demonstrations viewed it as an artificially created and thoroughly corrupt organisation that
had helped the regime to maintain a pseudo-democratic façade. Now that Suharto had
resigned, many activists hoped Golkar would also disappear from the political stage. But
despite widespread public anger and demands for its disbandment, the party has proven
remarkably resilient. ‘Golkar is like a zombie,’ says a former high-ranking party member who
left the party in 1998. ‘You think it’s dead but in fact it’s always there.’

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tomsa, D
Keywords: Indonesia, democratization, political parties, Golkar
Journal or Publication Title: Inside Indonesia
ISSN: 0814-1185
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