Rural autocracy – Fri, January 27 2023

    Editorial board (The Jakarta Post)


    Jakarta   ●  
    Fri, January 27 2023

    Indonesia’s democracy is, again, under siege, and this time the attacks come from a group of public officials elected to rule more than 81,600 villages across the archipelago. 

    Thousands of village heads from across the country have held rallies in the capital demanding nothing but more power at their disposal. This is an unvarnished display of power play by the local elites in the guise of bureaucratic efficiency.  

    Donning their civil-servant uniforms, the elected bureaucrats have insisted that the policymakers in the executive and legislative bodies amend the 2014 Village Law to allow them to sit in office for a nine-year term. Under the current law, they are elected for a six-year term with a three-period limit, meaning that they can be in office for a maximum of 18 years.

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