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The Presidency: Islam, Nationalist, and Javanese

It appears that our democracy will take a very long time to move beyond the political domination of a president who is Muslim, nationalist, and Javanese.

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The controversy over the Indonesian presidency being dominated by Javanese figures has revived old memories of the United States presidency being dominated by White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) figures. An old and well-established democracy, it took the US hundreds of years to break the political domination of WASPs.

The US turned a new page in history in 2012, when neither its president nor vice president were WASPs. Barack Obama became the country’s first black president and his vice president was Joe Biden, a Catholic.

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SYAHNAN RANGKUTI
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