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- Megawati Sukarnoputri [2:06]
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- 19th June 1995
- Megawati Sukarnoputri increases her popularity, 1995
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In 1995, Megawati Sukarnoputri, a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party and daughter of Indonesia's former president Sukarno, increased her popularity among Indonesia's Muslim majority. Eventually, she would become Indonesia's fifth president in 2001. Featuring in order of appearance are: Megawati Sukarnoputri (Indonesian Democratic Party, 'Partai Demokrat'); Sukarno (former president, Republic of Indonesia); Michael Maher (ABC reporter).
This report is a valuable resource for studies of the history of Indonesia since the end of the Second World War. It depicts a stage in the rise to power of Megawati Sukarnoputri, president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, as she built her political support base among Muslims in the middle and poorer classes.
Reporter Michael Maher's analysis of where power lies in Indonesia is of value for the Civics and citizenship curriculum. It reveals that although a nation may have a parliament and hold elections, democracy is compromised when power remains with the executive and military.
The report includes useful archival footage of Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president, who held office from 1945 to 1967 and was instrumental in the nation gaining its independence from the Dutch.
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