The ﬁrst democratically elected Indonesian President is in trouble.
Since coming to ofﬁce, hopes that he would transform Indonesia into a democratic and corruption-free state have not been realised. He has yet to deliver promised economic reforms, a tolerant government respectful of human rights and end corruption. In addition, his reputation for wild and contradictory statements has served neither him nor his troubled nation well.
Even before the two cases that resulted in a parliament censure motion – by 393 to 4 votes – against the President, he was in difﬁculties. Incidents in which President Abdurrahman Wahid allegedly ‘mishandled’ or ‘mismanaged’ around $6 million are really only a useful vehicle for those who want to see his term come to an untimely end.