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Indonesian Election a Market-Friendly Vote Against Religious Extremism

Alex Frew McMillan

After India kicked off the world's largest exercise in democracy last Thursday, on Wednesday it is Indonesia's turn. The largest Muslim-majority nation is taking part in the world's largest direct election of a president. Indonesia, with just the 193 million voters compared with India's 900 million, has no electoral-college complexities like the United States, and appoints its president straight into office.