Indonesia offers reform model for countries in Middle East, North Africa whelmed in political turmoil

08:32, May 31, 2011      

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Indonesia offers its experiences in developing democracy through reform movement for countries in Middle East and North African regions following the recent political turmoil that has changed the forms of several governments in those regions, an expert said in Jakartra on Monday.

"Reformists in those regions can learn on how Indonesia passed through the reform movement peacefully and build up its own democracy," Hasyim Muzadi, a political expert at a think tank institution, the International Conference of Islamic Scholars (ICIS) said on the sidelines of a session discussing the impact of political turmoil in Middle East and North African countries to global order.

Hasyim said that reformists in those countries can learn about how Indonesia revise its state codes, uphold the human rights principle and transparency in addressing good corporate governance in the government.

Besides that, they can learn how to separate the military from the government so as to secure the implementation of democracy in their countries.

The former chairman of the country's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), also said that they can also learn on how Indonesia's new order building up the country's identity and securing the effectiveness of governments, and conducting the free, credible and democratic elections to elect parliament members and presidents.

Indonesia has passed through peaceful reform movement that took place in 1998 following the step down of former president Soeharto that has been in power for 32 years. With more than 237 million population, Indonesia is now regarded as one of world's largest democracy country that continues to experience increasing economic growth.

Source: Xinhua
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