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Indonesia

The Carter Center has supported transition to democracy in Indonesia by observing elections in 1999 and 2004.

 

Waging Peace

Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago — with more than 17,000 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited — and the world's largest Muslim population.  When Indonesia ended 40 years of military rule in 1998, transition to democracy presented unique challenges. The Carter Center was present in Indonesia in 1999 to observe the nation's first democratic elections and continued its commitment to help Indonesia grow and deepen democratic practices, by observing the first direct presidential elections in July 2004.

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QUICK FACTS: INDONESIA


Size: 1,904,569 square kilometers

Population: 251,160,124

Population below poverty line: 12 percent

Life expectancy: 72 years

Ethnic groups: Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Minangkabau, Betawi, Bugis, Banten, Banjar, other or unspecified

Labor force: 118 million

Religions: Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Hindu, other or unspecified

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects (of which the most widely spoken is Javanese)

 

(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2013)


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