Indonesia Risks Suharto Era Rerun as Son-in-Law Also Rises

July 4, 2014 10:28 AM

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Indonesia Risks Suharto Era Rerun as Son-in-Law Also Rises

Sixteen years after the overthrow of the dictator Suharto, Indonesia is turning back toward that regime as his former son-in-law pulls level in the race to run the world’s third-largest democracy.

Prabowo Subianto, one of Suharto’s youngest generals, who was fired from his post in the army in 1998 for his role in the abduction and torture of pro-democracy activists, has overtaken Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo in opinion polls less than a week before the July 9 election. Widodo, known as Jokowi...

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